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Could last week's storm lower your taxes?

Could last week's storm lower your taxes?

If your property took a big hit during last week's storm, did you know your federal taxes could be impacted?

The Spokane County Assessor's Office is responsible for administering a state program for property that has been destroyed by natural disasters called “Taxpayer’s Claim for Reduction of Assessments resulting from Destroyed Real or Personal Property or Loss of Value in a Declared Disaster Area.”

Qualifying property owners will receive an adjustment to the taxes due for 2014, depending on the value of the remaining property. If the property is a total loss, then abatement (tax reduction or exemption) will be done for the remainder of the year.

Avista thanks customers, employees for patience and hard work after storm

Avista thanks customers, employees for patience and hard work after storm

Avista released a big thank-you today to all their customers impacted by last Wednesday's wind storm for their patience during repairs, and to their crews for working non-stop to get everyone back online.

Avista says last week's storm caused the worst damage to their system since a massive ice storm in 1996, nearly 20 years ago. This time around it took nearly 96 hours to restore power to the nearly 40,000 customers left without.

Now that all the power is back on, Avista is getting a better look at the damage. Preliminary numbers show that more than 120 poles had to be replaced after high winds toppled trees onto power lines and snapped poles. That's double their initial estimate.

Dispatchers worked around the clock to prioritize work and dispatch crews to areas of highest need, organizing nearly 14,000 outage reports from customers.

Fundraiser for young girl with rare leukemia

Fundraiser for young girl with rare leukemia

The family of an 8-year-old Spokane girl diagnosed with an extremely rare form of leukemia is asking for your help.

Bella Carvalho was diagnosed with blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) in June, a rare and aggressive blood disease that can cause, along with many other things, painful lesions on her skin. BPDCN is also a disease most commonly found in elderly men, not little girls.

From her GoFundMe Page:

Spokane burglary suspect arrested

Spokane burglary suspect arrested

Spokane Police are investigating an early-morning burglary in progress where the suspect fired rounds inside the home.

At approximately 7:15 a.m. on Sunday, Spokane Police received a report of a burglary in progress at a home in the 900 block of E. Bridgeport. Officers were on-scene minutes after the original call and determined the suspect had entered the home with a firearm and had accessed the homeowner's firearm. The homeowner was able to exit the residence, unharmed, and the suspect remained inside, still armed.

As officers were working to secure the perimeter around the home, the suspect fired a round inside the house. No one was injured. As officers were working to get more information and resources to safely resolve the situation, the suspect exited the residence and was taken into custody without incident.

The suspect, identified as 43-year-old Jeremy S. Dreher, was arrested on a 1st Degree Burglary charge and two warrants.

Storm damages Spokane family's home

Residents all throughout Spokane are left picking up the pieces from Wednesday night's storm.

Jerry Bowers and his wife were on their way to California when he received a call from his neighbor saying Bowers' home received extensive damage.

?It's just... It's just hitting me right now,? Bowers said.

After eight years in the house, the Bowers' have made it a home.

Jerry's wife suffers from Myopathy, a form of Multiple Sclerosis.

?It's all one level so she can get around a lot easier. No stairs, no basements, it's progressing,? Bowers said.

The couple was headed to California to visit family when they received an unexpected call from their neighbor.

?... And said your house is demolished. I can tell you what your comforter is and I can see your bed frame... Everything!? Bowers said.

The Bowers raced home only to be greeted by the worst possible image.

Thousands without power following storm

While Wednesday's storm only stayed in place for several minutes, it was enough to cause extensive damage to the area.

"Transformers are five feet off the ground, the trees all the way through the alley in the neighbor's yard,? Steve Schatz said. ?It's pretty bad down the alley."

Power was out in Schatz's North Spokane neighborhood. Strong winds caused a tree to fall on a power line which caused a ripple effect to other power lines.

"The tree just fell over and landed on the power lines caused a lot of tension on the line caused that to snap over," Schatz said.

At Indian Trail, it's the same scenario. Neighbors took matters into their own hands to clear the road. Some were chainsawing branches, while others picked up debris off the street.

As of 5:30 a.m. Thursday, more than 23,000 Avista customers and more than 13,000 Inland Power and Light customers were without electricity. As to when power will be restored, it will vary from home to home depending on the extent of the damage.

Neighbors surprised by falling trees

The Northwest side of the Spokane was hit pretty hard by Wednesday's storm.

"It was really scary," Dawson Walters said. "It kind of got me on edge,�it just hit us by surprise."

Walters lives with her mom Tracy Ortega along Cleveland street near the intersection of Nortwest Blvd, and T.J. Meenach Drive.

"I looked outside because it was so windy and gusty and I heard what sounded like a loud thunder clap," Ortega said.

"When we had gone out into the back yard the tree had fallen," Walters said. "My mom had called me to come out to the front yard and the tree in the front yard had fallen into the middle of the street."

"I watched the tree fall that fell across our street and it didn't even occur to me that anything in the back yard had happened."

In the family's backyard the top of a towering pine tree snapped, filling their yard with limbs and debris. Thankfully there was no damage to the home. In their front yard a tree toppled blocking Cleveland street.

Up and down the neighborhood a similar scene.

"The wind went from like 10 miles and hour up to 60 almost instantly," homeowner Guy Charlton said.