KUB customers in South Knoxville make do without power

KUB customers in South Knoxville make do without power overnight

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Teresa Wakefield depends on electricity to power her wheelchair and for her frequent breathing treatments. Teresa Wakefield depends on electricity to power her wheelchair and for her frequent breathing treatments.
"We lost about three to four thousand dollars of merchandise inside," said a US Fuel Plus employee. "About five to six thousand in gas." "We lost about three to four thousand dollars of merchandise inside," said a US Fuel Plus employee. "About five to six thousand in gas."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Thursday's winter storm not only caused problems on the roadways, it also knocked out electricity to thousands of people.

One of the hardest hit areas was South Knox County. In the Kimberlin Heights community, hundreds of homes went without power Thursday night, and remained in the dark all night.

"The challenge is staying warm," said homeowner Edward Martinez. "Got under the comforter."

Martinez and his family live on Kimberlin Heights Road.  They have been without power since six Thursday night.

Martinez says he is prepared if the electricity stays off.

"Eat more cold food," he said.

Teresa Wakefield lives next door. She depends on electricity to power her wheelchair and for her frequent breathing treatments.

"I've been praying all night," said Wakefield. "I thought it might come on around, four hours, something like that."

If the power does not come on soon, she might have to get a hotel for the night.

On nearby Chapman Highway, several businesses also lost power, including U.S. Fuel Plus.

"We lost about three to four thousand dollars of merchandise inside," said US Fuel Plus employee Pete Patel. "About five to six thousand in gas."

Patel had to stay inside the gas station all night waiting for the power to come on.

Everyone 6 News spoke with has been in contact with KUB.

"We called 20, 25 times to the utility department," said Patel. "I don't know what they are doing."

KUB crews were out in both locations Friday. They are asking for customers' patience while they work to restore power.

"We are three miles from the highway, and they got Walmart back on," added Wakefield.

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