Power Out and Heavy Snow For Sequatchie County

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 1/06 9:27 pm
Sequatchie County, TN, (WDEF)-It was just after 3 am this morning when the power went out.

For families along Lewis Chapel Rd the snow and bad weather were not greeted with too much excitement.

"Everyone needs to work together and help their neighbors and be responsible for the disabled in this vicinity"

For aspiring politician Chester Shell it meant bringing his family and community together using his back up power supplies.

"We brought my family into our house, we had wood heat and a back up gas system which a lot of people in this area has not got"

Teams from Sequachee Valley Electric CoOp worked since early morning restoring fallen power lines along the side of a nearby mountain.

Mike Martin, Chief Operating Officer,"Several hours, we had to cut the trees out then we had to put new poles in, had to trim some right of way while we were here, so it's been quiet a job, had to have a dozer to get some trucks into the right of way"

Martin and his crews had to negotiate dangerous roads, black ice and fallen forestry but say it's all in a day's work.

"We live in a beautiful area but also pretty treacherous when it comes to winter weather, trees are going to fall out on a right of way, we love our trees but a lot of the time they get in the way, power lines and trees do not mix"

By early afternoon the repair crews had restored all but one main power line and are preparing for another busy night.

Power was restored to the majority of the homes affected just before 3pm today and residents say they are grateful for the hard work and dedication from the Sequachee Valley Electric CoOp

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