published Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Power restored to many in Chattanooga area, but thousands still out

Billie Bell carries a cat from the home of Wayne and Twanna Green, which was damaged by severe weather along 56th street in Cleveland, Tenn., Friday afternoon.
Billie Bell carries a cat from the home of Wayne and Twanna Green, which was damaged by severe weather along 56th street in Cleveland, Tenn., Friday afternoon.
Photo by Doug Strickland.

Nearly 4,000 Volunteer Energy Cooperative customers were still without power this morning, with some customers expected to be without power until Monday, according to a news release from the electric cooperative.

As many as 26,000 VEC customers lost power Friday and seven VEC substations went down, the news release said.

At 9:33 a.m. today, 3,837 VEC customers remained without power.

The areas with heaviest damage are Ooltewah and Snow Hill areas in Hamilton County and Dalton Pike and Blue Springs areas in the southern part of Bradley County.

VEC President/CEO Rody Blevins said in the news release that 60 to 80 homes in Hamilton County were destroyed by the tornado and at least 30 utility poles were brought down.

VEC crews from across VEC’s 17-county service area have responded to help in repair efforts.

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