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Thousands still without power in the Cumberland Plateau
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Thousands of people are still without power in the Cumberland Plateau following the winter storm this weekend.

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At the height of the storm, Volunteer Energy Cooperative had about 40,000 outages in 9 counties. As of Tuesday morning, Volunteer Electric reported more than 24,000 outages. Many of those affected have been without electricity for nearly three days now.

Breakdown of Volunteer Energy Cooperative's outages

  • Cumberland County: 16,000
  • Fentress County: 4,400
  • Overton County: 1,100
  • Putnam County: 1,400
  • White County: 1,300

After several long days and night, Plateau Electric Cooperative reports that 235 customers are without power, with 145 of those outages in Morgan County and 90 without electricity in Scott County.

You're asked to call the following numbers if you're without electricity in Scott (569-8591) and Morgan (346-3699) counties.

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Mark Evans, the superintendent of operations for Volunteer Electric, said crews turned the power back on for most of Crossville, and now workers are dealing with people outside the city limits. Evans said all technician lines are back up, but crews will have to replace lots of power line poles.

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At this point, Volunteer Electric has restored power to about 60 percent of its system. There is still no timeline of when power will be restored to everyone in Cumberland County.

Many roads are blocked, so road crews are trying to clear a path so they can reach power lines. Crews will first work to clear at least one lane, so emergency management and electric crews can get through. Workers are also pushing most of the debris to the sides of the roads, so TEMA and FEMA can come through and assess the damage.

The highway superintendent said crews are having trouble because they can't remove trees that are touching power lines. The actual cleanup could take weeks. TDOT crews, the fire department, the rescue squad and volunteers are helping with the efforts.

The area American Red Cross chapter has been working without rest since winter storms hit last week. Now they need help from the public.

WBIR is partnering with the East Tennessee Chapter to help people impacted by the storms. Donations and supplies are low.

Here's how you can help.

To donate money, call 865-584-2999 or visit their website. Please spread the message using #GiveBackEastTN on social media.


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