Tennessee remains on Level II State of Emergency; deaths rise to 27

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Tennessee remains on Level II State of Emergency as thousands of people remain without power after last week’s winter weather. Twenty-six people are now listed as having died as a result of the weather.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says fog on the Cumberland Plateau impeded response efforts Sunday, preventing Civil Air Patrol and Tennessee Highway Patrol flights over the area. THP also put on hold plans to conduct rolling road blocks on Interstate 40 for power restoration missions.

Previous story: Tennessee elevated to Level II State of Emergency

Chainsaw crews from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Division of Forestry and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster were sent to eight plateau counties Monday. Additional teams will join then from the Tennessee National Guard, which has deployed 20 personnel to the plateau counties for debris management.

Six Humvee teams are conducting welfare checks and helping local officials in Putnam County.

More than 34,000 Tennesseans are till without power, with 16,000 of those in Cumberland County.

Related story: Volunteer Electric working around the clock on the Cumberland Plateau

Seven shelters remain open across the state. Among those are Cumberland Fellowship Baptist Church in Crossville which has 146 occupants as of Monday morning, and First Baptist Church in Jamestown, where eight people are staying. Other shelters are open in Overton, Putnam and White counties.

Related story: Man found dead in Campbell County woods, weather believed to be the cause

The death toll from the winter weather across the state is now 26:

  • Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
  • Campbell County – Two (2) fatalities
    • 76-year-old male, weather related
    • 32-year-old-male, weather related
  • Claiborne County – Two (2) fatalities
    • 63-year-old male, weather related
    • 53-year-old male, weather related
  • Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related
  • Haywood County – One (1) fatality: 40-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
  • Henry County – Two (2) fatalities:
    • 64-year-old female, hypothermia related
    • 69-year-old male, hypothermia related
  • Hickman County One (1) fatality:  67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment
  • Knox County – Four (4) fatalities:
    • 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
    • 75-year-old male, fire
    • 68-year-old female, fire
    • 47-year-old male, fire
  • Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia
  • Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
  • Polk County – One (1) fatality: 79-year-old male, weather related
  • Roane County – One (1) fatality: 44-year-old male, hypothermia related
  • Sequatchie – One (1) fatality:  85-year-old male, hypothermia related
  • Sevier – Two (2) fatalities,
    • 70-year-old female, weather related;
    • Male (age unknown), weather related
  • Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities:
    • 48-year-old male, hypothermia related;
    • Male (age unknown), hypothermia related;
    • (Demographics unknown), hypothermia related
  • Sumner County – One (1) fatality:  Male, 60s, weather related
  • Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities:
    • 34-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
    • 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident

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