Scott County suffers damage from Wednesday's storm

Scott County suffers damage from Wednesday's storm

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Scott County Road Department crews were busy all morning clearing roads. One crew on Pine Hill Road worked to unblock a culvert that flooded the roadway. Scott County Road Department crews were busy all morning clearing roads. One crew on Pine Hill Road worked to unblock a culvert that flooded the roadway.
"We didn't have a tremendous amount of outages," said Plateau Electric Cooperative spokesman Jacob Billingsley. "We didn't have a tremendous amount of outages," said Plateau Electric Cooperative spokesman Jacob Billingsley.
Crews with Plateau Electric Cooperative were busy all day restoring power. Crews with Plateau Electric Cooperative were busy all day restoring power.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

ONEIDA (WATE) - One area in East Tennessee that was hit hard by Wednesday's storm was Scott County.

School officials there decided to close schools because the storm was expected to pass through right when students were heading to class.

The damage in the county was widespread. Trees and power lines were reported down in Oneida, Helenwood and Robbins.

Scott County Road Department crews were busy all morning clearing roads. One crew on Pine Hill Road worked to unblock a culvert that flooded the roadway.

"The high winds have blown trees across power lines, roads, stopped up culverts," said operator Benny Parson. "Trying to clear them, get traffic back to normal."

The downed trees caused many families to lose electricity. Crews with Plateau Electric Cooperative were busy all day restoring power.

Several of the utility's trucks headed to the Robbins community where a tree knocked out power to an entire road.

"We didn't have a tremendous amount of outages," said Plateau Electric Cooperative spokesman Jacob Billingsley. "A majority came from trees that cross over the power lines. Some brought the lines to the ground. At the max, we had 700 members without power."

A tree landed on one home on Pistol Lane in Oneida. Crews were able to remove it quickly and place a tarp on it to prevent further damage.

Power for most of those customers was restored by noon. They did not expect to have any more problems the rest of the day.

"As things remain the same, the high winds stay down," said Billingsley, "Weather can change in the matter of moments, so we hope nothing else will come and everyone's power will stay on the rest of the evening."

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