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POWER MOSTLY RESTORED IN NORTHWEST

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Work crews restored power to most of the 100,000 people who had been shivering through what is being called the Northwest's worst ice storm in 60 years.

The death toll rose to 11 in Washington and Oregon on Thursday when a utility repairman touched a downed power line.Several people were treated for carbon-monoxide poisoning after trying to keep warm by improvising heating systems using charcoal. At least 12 weather-related fires were reported in Spokane, mostly involving overheated chimneys.

Meteorologists called the ice storm, which began Tuesday, the worst since the 1930s in the Spokane area. Forecasters predicted more rain and snow Friday.

Nearly two-thirds of the 100,000 Washington and Idaho customers who lost power when the storm snapped trees and power lines Tuesday had electricity Friday, officials said.

Gov. Mike Lowry activated the Washington National Guard Thursday to help deal with the power outages. Troops will bring 15 generators to provide pumping capacity for drinking water and firefighting.

In southern Oregon, huge concrete blocks were going to be dropped Friday into a 40-foot deep, 100-foot-long chasm that appeared Thursday on a rain-weakened section of Interstate 5.

When the hole opened, momentum carried one truck over the opening, but another plunged into it. Both drivers walked away from their mangled trucks with minor injuries.

Hundreds of truckloads of material will be needed to fill the hole and it may take more than a week to fully open the road, officials said.

Nearly 600 people sought refuge in Spokane-area Red Cross shelters and most schools remained closed for a fourth day Friday.