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Yesterday we had 12,000 customers without power. As of 8:00 a.m. today, we have under 8,000 still without power. We are still working diligently to restore the remaining outages. We anticipate having all the customers restored by the weekend. However, most of it will be restored within the next 2 days. It is hard to identify the affected area as the entire county was hit hard. We have replaced well over 40 poles and are still working to replace the remaining 70 that we have record of. We would ask that everyone have patience with us as we are working around the clock with 450 line personnel to restore services.
Crossville/Cumberland Co. - 2 to 3 inches
Knoxville - 6 to 8 inches
Chattanooga - 8 inches
Nashville - 1 inch
Pigeon Forge - 7 inches
Southern Kentucky - 3 inches
Northern Alamaba - 10 1/2 inches
Northern Georgia - 4 1/2 inches
On the Plateau, main Roads, highways and I-40 mostly wet with patches of ice and snow, especially on bridges and overpasses. Secondary and back roads remain snow and ice covered. Motorists advised to drive with extreme caution. Roads will improve with temperatures rising into the mid 30's today. However, expect to see some re-freezing with an overnight low around 16.
Even though a heavy snowfall in the southern portions of the Volunteer Energy Cooperative service area, officials report that the overall outage count continues to decline. Currently about 13,000 customers remain without power. Outage counts this morning are Cumberland 8,000; Fentress 1,200; Putnam 1,400; White 970; Overton 1,000; Bradley 100; Polk 70; Bledsoe 40; Pickett 22; scattered outages in Hamilton, Scott, Meigs, and Rhea. Crews continue to work around the clock in all areas. Updates are being posted on the VEC web page vec.org and the VEC Facebook page.
Volunteer Energy Cooperative officials say that Wednesday was a productive day for VEC workers. At 4:20 p.m. ET, the current total outage count stands at 14,700 (Cumberland 9,300; Fentress 1,300; Putnam 1,400; White 1,200; Overton 1,000; scattered outages in other areas). Feeder line repair is going well and poles continue to be replaced, according to officials.If VEC customers are in an area that is predicted to have winter weather this evening, officials warn them to please be prepared.
The ice storm this past weekend caused massive damage, particularly on the Cumberland Plateau. It is hard for many of us to imagine, but folks nearby, right here in Tennessee, are having trouble getting basic necessities. Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Offices in Dayton, Gordonsville, McMinnville, Smithville, and Woodbury will be accepting donations to be gathered and transported to those in need. Our Sparta and Crossville Offices are doing all they can to keep up with the calls, so we do ask that items not be dropped off at those two locations. MTNG will accept donations from now until 3 p.m. Friday, February 27th. Items needed are: Pop-top canned food, Sugar-free foods, Paper products, Baby food, Garbage bags, New blankets, Flashlights, Batteries, Toiletries, Socks, Toboggans, Small gas cans, Baby wipes,Hand sanitize, Pop Tarts, Peanut butter crackers, Juice Boxes, Adult and baby diapers. It is requested that you please do not donate candles as they are a safety hazard. The Putnam County Emergency Operations Center has also advised that a disaster relief fund has been set up for those wishing to make a monetary donation. The Bank of Putnam County has set up an account called the Monterey Disaster Relief Fund. To make a donation, please contact them at 931-528-5441 or 931-839-2211. Dayton 951 Market Street, Dayton, TN; Gordonsville 126 JMZ Drive, Gordonsville, TN; McMinnville 569 N. Chancery Street, McMinnville, TN; Smithville 1036 W. Broad Street, Smithville, TN; Woodbury 614 W. Main Street, Woodbury, TN