Cumberland County Red Cross shelter stays busy as thousands still without power

CROSSVILLE (WATE) – The latest ice storm left thousands of people without power throughout the state. Cumberland County was one of the hardest hit areas, where about 18,000 homes have been without power since Saturday morning.

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The Red Cross set up seven shelters in the area. The busiest one is at Cumberland County Church in Crossville. Gloria Stofflet is one of nearly 200 people taking refuge there.

“It’s very hard for people to stay warm even though they might cover up and they might put clothes on you can’t stay warm that way. So when I heard the church was open I wanted to come be a part because I know what it’s like to be without I know what it’s like to be cold,” Stofflet said.

Samantha Donathan
Samantha Donathan

“I’ve lived here my whole life and I’ve never seen anything like this,” volunteer Samantha Donathan said about the damage.

Donathan says her church is providing about 20 volunteers each shift to prepare three hot meals a day.

“We’re the only church with power we just feel like it’s one of those things you do, that’s what you do as a church is open your doors up for people to come in,” Donathan said.

Red Cross volunteer Doug Scarlett says if you don’t have power you should go to the shelter immediately.

Multiple crews were out working throughout the county to restore power and clear trees from the roads.
Multiple crews were out working throughout the county to restore power and clear trees from the roads.

“Get out of that house where it’s cold. Get here. I don’t want anybody freezing to death,” Scarlett said.

Multiple crews were out working throughout the county to restore power and clear trees from the roads.

“If you were able to drive you were driving over power lines, moving trees, cutting through driveways anything that you could do to get where you had to go. It was pretty crazy,” Donathan said.

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