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Power Mostly Restored In Dickson County After Ice Storm

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DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. – The power has been mostly restored to residents in Dickson County after an ice storm caused thousands of households to go dark.

At its height, approximately 10,000 were without power. As of Wednesday afternoon, Dickson Electric said all major outages had been repaired, and most customers will have power soon.

Ice blanketed many trees and tree limbs over the weekend, causing some to fall on top of power lines.

"(An) ice storm is probably the most major event that can happen to an electric utility," said Darrell Gillespie, General Manager of Dickson Electric System.

Gillespie said it could take days to restore power in some areas, but NewsChannel 5 spoke with some lucky residents who woke up with electricity.

"It's our first experience with an ice storm to tell you the truth. Very enlightening from what I've heard through the years about them. I didn't expect that a little bit of ice could do this kind of damage. Because the tree (was) very, very damaged. When it cools down I'm going to have my work cut out for me," said resident Scott Powers.

Gillespie said it would take longer to restore electricity to the more rural areas of the community. They had 180 additional crews working to restore power to everyone in the county, but it was still taking some time. 

"In the last 24 or 48 hours we restored power to over 10,000 customers," he said. 

Resident Robert Max hasn't had electricity since Sunday. He was using a fire in the backyard to stay warm. His home sits in a wooded area that has not been getting much sun.

"It's pretty cold. This place is not sunny. Yeah, it gets pretty cold here," said Max. "No TV, no cooking a hot supper, no coffee."

Almost three days after they fell, the power lines that stretched across the street leading to Max's driveway were finally removed. 

The American Red Cross set up a shelter at the Walnut Street Church of Christ on Center Avenue. 

Julie Campos, executive of the Red Cross' Two Rivers Chapter, said the shelter would remain open until Wednesday to serve anyone who may need it.

"We are working in coordination with the Dickson County EMA due to the extended power outages that are affecting thousands of residents," said Campos. "For those that can, we strongly urge you to continue to shelter in place until the electricity is restored, but those who rely on life-sustaining equipment that is electrically powered, are urged to come to the Walnut Street Church of Christ Shelter for relief.

Anyone that has been affected by the ice storm and needs a safe place to stay has been invited to stay at the shelter. 

Officials said crews were focusing on power outages in the rural areas that affected fewer than 20 people, where around one to three houses were without electricity.

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