Thousands still without power in Cumberland County

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.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY (WATE) – The power is still out for most people in Cumberland County, about 20,000 customers according to the last update.

Jordan Ayers who lives in Crossville tells us he hasn’t had power in almost two days but luckily he has been able to stay warm.

“It’s been an a lot  easier than most people I rely on a wood stove but it’s the worst I’ve seen since 1997, I was just a kid but we didn’t have power for six days there snow on the ground and we had to cook on a propane heater,” said Ayers.

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.

“As the trees break, they fall across our lines and tears the wires down a lot of times they break the polls at the same time, so it takes us a lot of time to go and put up all the wires up but also replace poles,” said Ayers.

Blevins says he wants people to know VEC is doing everything they can to restore power in the county as quickly as possible.

“Big storm, we still got 100 power poles to replace and miles and miles of power lines are still down on the ground so were going to ask everyone to be patient we’re probably going to be 4 to 5 days getting everyone’s power back on,” said Ayers.

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