LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Crews with the La Follette Utilities Board were busy Wednesday afternoon into the evening restoring power to nearly 2,600 customers. The big challenge was getting the substation at Caryville back online where 1,800 customers were without power. By 8 pm Wednesday night , less than 30 customers were offline. The outages were scattered over six areas of the county.
More than 2,500 LUB customers were without electricity at the height of Wednesday afternoons heavy rains and strong wind gusts. Crews from LUB were up against high winds, rain and downed trees in their efforts to restore power.
There were spotty outages in Stinking Creek, Davis Chapel, Cumberland View, Eagle Bluff, Demory and Sudenny. LUB General Manager Kenny Baird said, “The bulk of the outages stemmed from a substation at Caryville that was out affecting 1,800 customers.” That substation was back online in about an hour.
This big tree fell across Towe String Road just before 2 pm on Wednesday afternoon stopping traffic for about fifteen minutes while crew members with the Campbell County Highway Department cleared the path.
The Campbell County Highway Department dealt with some downed trees around the county. The first downed tree call came in during the 1 pm hour when a crew was dispatched to Towe String Road to cut and clear a tree from over the roadway. Wednesday evening, members of the CCHD dealt with a few more downed trees. “We dealt with a couple of trees Wednesday evening but nothing like Towe String today,” said Campbell County Road Superintendent Ron Dilbeck.” (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/30/2020-6AM)