TOP PHOTO: Many LUB Water customers on the west end of La Follette spent the balance of Christmas Day without water.

David Wilson and Steve Carroll (right) with LUB were just about finished at 5 pm with a project that took much of the day to complete on Christmas Day.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – A pick-up truck hit a fire hydrant at 19th Street and West Central on Christmas morning around 11 am knocking out water to customers on the west end of La Follette. “A pick-up truck wrecked into the hydrant, and the driver left the scene. I had to move the truck off the fire hydrant with my backhoe,” said LUB’s David Wilson

LUB General Manager Kenny Baird said that crews are working to restore water to customers at this hour. “That’s a bad job for any cold day, let alone Christmas Day,” Baird added.

Wilson worked the backhoe as Carroll (right) dug around the problem area.

Temperatures dipped below freezing Thursday afternoon and not not made it out of the 20s today. Above freezing temperatures return up in the day on Saturday.

Carroll is turning the valve to start water flowing again as the temperature sat at 20-degrees. This valve at five-points was one of two valves that were turned back on with the other one being on the four lane.

Phones at LUB are out due to the Nashville explosion. To report an outage, please call 423.449.8600. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/25/2020-4:30PM)