(Fayette County, TN) Ice started covering trees and power lines in Fayette County early.
Emergency crews went into activation mode setting up the Emergency Operations Center, where five different agencies came together to monitor conditions, answer emergency calls and dispatch crews.
Shortly after noon the calls started coming in. A tree fell across the road on Highway 70. Power was out in the Oakland Acres Subdivision.
Josh Beavers’ power went out right around noon, leaving him in the dark and cold.
“Right now I have horses and things I am trying to tend to and get them taken care of, the animals. Other than that, I will get by the heater and wrap up,” says Beavers.
Early on, it wasn’t a problem getting crews in to work on the power outages. Through early afternoon roads remained passable.
TDOT trucks put salt on the roads overnight, but the rain washed most away. That meant they would have to go at it again if the rain let up.
With more rain expected, things could get worse before they get better.
“I believe it might get nasty. We’ll have to wait and see,” says Beavers.
Fayette County’s Command Center is tied into the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, which allows EMA’s across the state to monitor what’s going on in other places.