Cumberland County residents hope their power is restored soon after winter storm

Volunteer Energy Cooperative CEO Rody Bleviens says they've had 65 power crews repairing damage in the county but the biggest task is replacing poles that hold power lines.

CROSSVILLE (WATE) – More than 75 percent of the people living in Cumberland County were without power at one point Saturday.

Related: Tennessee elevated to Level II State of Emergency

The damage in the area has been pretty extensive. There have been lots of tree limbs falling on power lines, leaving people without electricity.

According to Crossville Fire Captain Tim Johnson, this is the worst storm to ever hit Cumberland County.

“It’s a state of emergency, it’s as hazardous as I’ve seen it in my 30 year career. If you don’t have an emergency to be out I wouldn’t be out,” said Johnson.

Related: Red Cross opening a shelter in Crossville

Traffic lights stopped working, tree limbs fell to the ground and there were power lines falling.

This storm left about 30,000 people without power.

Angela Abner and her parents have been without power, but are staying warm with wool blankets and a natural gas heater.

“It’s kind of scary,” said Angela.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve seen, ice like this,” said her mother Nova.

They just want the power back on as quickly as possible. The only light they get is from their front door.

“I hope soon, we can’t get a hold of any of our kids to make sure their alright,” said Nova.

Johnny Presley is without power at his home as well.

“My power went out sometime two or three in the morning,” he said.

Even with his dilemma, he’s been out helping emergency crews since 7:30 this morning.

“I’m trying to clean up some of the debris and trees that are down on the road so that the power companies can come in and restore power,” he said.

Volunteer Electric Cooperative is over the power in Cumberland County. VP of Operations Clyde Jolley says that his crews will be working nonstop until all power is restored.

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