Cheney Free Press -

By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Winds knock out power region wide


Last updated 9/10/2020 at 12:40pm

CHENEY – Almost 64,000 Inland Northwest residents were without power late Monday, Sept. 7, after a Canadian cold front whipped through the region bringing strong sustained winds and even stronger wind gusts — knocking down trees, branches and power lines and igniting a number of wildfires.

Cheney outages began about 9 a.m. with the report of a faulty switch at the city’s main substation on Cheney-Plaza Road. Light Department Director Steve Marxx said crews responded quickly and had power back up in about 30 minutes.

Then the winds hit hard, creating a second outage around 10:30 a.m. M...

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