95 utility crews working to restore power to KUB customers

12:43 PM, Jun 24, 2011   |    comments
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More utility crews than ever before are working in Knox County after an unprecedented power outage for the Knoxville Utilities Board.

KUB has called contract crews in from across the state and from as far away as Indiana to help restore power to customers.  There are currently 95 KUB and contract crews working to assess damages, clear trees and debris, and repair poles and lines.

In addition to KUB and Pike Electric crews, Friday's list also includes resources provided by Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative and its contract crews from Service One.

"We appreciate the support we've received from our contractors, suppliers, and neighboring utilities,"
said Mintha Roach, KUB President and CEO. "We were gaining ground in our restoration efforts, but this morning's storm was a setback. We appreciate our customers' patience as we continue to repair the damage from both of these storms."

Crews have replaced 49 transformers and 50 poles so far during restoration efforts. KUB has stocked up on the materials needed to supply crews repairing damages, and further deliveries are scheduled to continue through next week.

At the height of Tuesday's storm, more than 127,000 KUB customers were without power.

Approximately 29,000 KUB customers remain without electricity as of 11:30 a.m. following another round of severe storms that hit the KUB service territory early Friday morning.

The outages continue to be scattered with the largest concentrations in northwest, south and west Knox County. KUB will continue working non-stop to restore power to all customers.

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A second round of severe storms hit East Tennessee Thursday night flooding roads, toppling trees, and breaking power lines.

While no tornadoes have been confirmed, Knox, Anderson, and Blount counties were under tornado warnings throughout the night. Those expired early Friday morning.

The weather hit the Western Avenue area and the Claxton area especially hard.

Parts of Broadway were closed for a time due to deep water.

The severe weather has impeded Knoxville Utilities Board crews' efforts to restore power to thousands left without following Tuesday night's storms. Thursday night's storms even added customers without power.

A press release from the utilities company says they cannot estimate when everyone will have power again. However, customers need to prepare to be days without service.

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