Dozens of people were forced to evacuate their Knoxville apartments early Friday after heavy winds blew off a large portion of roofing.
The Knoxville Fire Department responded to reports of a roof collapse at the 1100 Studio Apartments complex located at 1100 Lula Powell Drive. Firefighters arrived to find the roof had blown off half of the apartment’s C & D building, which house around 150 units.
KFD, the Knoxville Police Department and K-Tran buses evacuated about 140 units from the C & D buildings early Friday morning to the Civic Coliseum.
Residents of building C have since been moved back into their apartments, but building D residents were placed in hotel rooms. Those building D residents returned to their units Monday.
The apartment suffered no structural damage. The roof has been fixed temporarily with permanent work set to be completed while tenants remain in their apartments.
FORECAST: What to expect today
Knoxville Pays it Foward is preparing crisis baskets for the families and taking donations of the following items:
- Soap/ body wash
- Fem. Hygiene
- Towels and washcloths
- Disinfectant wipes
- Laundry baskets
- Paper towels
- Laundry detergent
- Dish liquid
- Toilet paper
- Trash bags
- all-purpose cleaner
- garbage bags
- diapers/ wipes
- baby food
The overnight storm caused other damage in the region, mostly downed trees and power outages.
Over 4,800 people in KUB’s service area were without power at 6:25 a.m. Friday. Less than 600 customers were still without power at noon. LCUB was reporting slightly more than 100 customers without power with 13 outages around 6:30 a.m.
U.S. 441 through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was closed at 9 p.m. Thursday for forecasted high winds.