KUB estimates all power to be restored Sunday

KUB estimates all power to be restored Sunday

A KUB crew works on power lines on Chapman Highway. A KUB crew works on power lines on Chapman Highway.

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Electricity provider KUB said Friday that it would be Sunday before power was restored to all customers affected by Thursday's snow and ice.

As many as 28,000 customers were without power at one point on Thursday evening, but by 10:30 p.m., that number had dropped to just 15,000.

By Friday afternoon, the number was down to about 6,000, but KUB said efforts to restore the remaining customers' power would take time.

"The challenges for this evening will be the colder temperatures, as the temperature drops, you know, its more difficult to work in a colder setting, again the debris, fallen trees and having to clear out access to get in there and complete the repairs," explained Randy O'Neal, KUB spokesperson.

Numerous downed trees were impeding efforts to access lines and restore service. KUB said the remaining work to be done mostly involved service lines and transformers.

"We're working smaller outages at this point, that will just get a few customers back in at a time," O'Neal said.

About 75 crews were working in rotating 16 hours shifts to assess the damage, remove trees and repair lines.

"We're working on it, we're trying to get there as fast as we can, but as safely as we can," O'Neal said.

The neighborhoods with the most affected customers included South Knoxville, Maynardville and Holston and East Knoxville.

The latest numbers on the affected customers are available on KUB's website.

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