TOP PHOTO: At 3am, crews with LUB and LFD Firefighters worked to clear this tree that fell at the corner of East Central Avenue and South 4th Street. South 4th and the east bound lanes of Central Ave. were shutdown for a while.
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Shutting off electricity, firing up chain saws and temporarily blocking roads have been the order of the morning around Campbell County as the wind has wreaked havoc. As a result, there are downed trees, downed power lines, tree limbs, orange barrels in construction zones are scattered along with other debris making for a hazardous time to be on the roads. First responders, LUB Crews, firefighters, police, deputies, city and county road crews and others have been out all through the morning working from one scene to the next to handle the results of high winds.
Butter and Egg Road at Eagle Bluff, Little Cove Creek Road, West Ash Street, Island Ford Road, South Tennessee Avenue, Loop Road and other streets and roads as well as White Oak Road, Highway 25W are just some of the areas where there’s been a challenge. Around 2:20am a trampoline was blown onto the roof of a house on East Chapman Road causing an arc with the power line. At 3:30am, there was a tree on a car near the old Ford Town Baptist Church while another call of a hot power line with a tree over it and on a car. The roof of a barn was reportedly ripped off. It’s been that kind of wind event where winds have gusted beyond 50 miles per hour at times.
Campbell County Road Superintendent talked with WLAF News at 5:30am as he operated a skid steer moving a big white oak tree from the intersection at East Jacksboro Baptist Church. Dilbeck is bracing for how everything looks after daybreak. “I know how bad it is right now, but it may be worse once we can see everywhere. Your best bet is to leave early for work or wherever you’re headed this morning. There are roads where all is well and others where there are multiple trees down,” said Dilbeck. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/31/2022-4AM)