LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Weary LUB crews reached the finish line on Saturday evening after a grueling 24 hours or so of non-stop efforts to restore power to more than 8,000 of its customers. At the height of Friday and Friday night’s extreme weather event, more than one out of every three LUB customers were without power.

Problems created by Friday morning and afternoon’s thunderstorms were a mere bump in the road compared to the high winds that developed Friday afternoon. “This was one of the worst wind storms, especially in a long while,” said Kenny Baird, General Manager of La Follette Utilities Board.

Trees were coming up by the roots blocking roads and taking down power lines, according to Baird. LUB worked hand-in-hand with crews from the La Follette Street Department and the Campbell County Highway Department. “We’ve had a lot of trees down,” said Ron Dilbeck, Campbell County Road Superintendent. Clearing trees began early on Friday for the La Follette Street Department and its director, Casey Boshears.

An operator with Central Dispatch talked about all the calls of downed trees that came in Friday afternoon through early Saturday morning. “There were pages and pages of downed tree calls,” she said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/04/2023-11:30M)

3 Replies to “LUB crews reach their goal, zero, zero customers offline”

  1. To all who worked on these outages,

    We moved here about four years ago from a much larger city with many more resources. It would have taken them 3 times as long to do what your teams did!

    We know you spent long hours fixing these problems and appreciate it!

    Outstanding job!! Thank you!!

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