For the third time in the month of June a major thunderstorm hit parts of Campbell County causing damages and headaches for local citizens.
A large thunderstorm developed over South and East Campbell County around 10:15 pm last night and it slowly crept northwards, sending a good portion of Eastern Campbell into darkness as its 60+ mph winds pushed over and even broke trees in its path. The storm also produced large hail, some as big as golfballs, and flooding rains with nearly 4 inches being dumped in a short time.
This resulted in flooding in the valley areas of the county. Bethlehem Road in the Forks Grove area, and Knoxville Hollow Road were hit with high waters as creeks quickly escaped their banks.
Within the last hour LaFollette Utilities announced that they had restored power to the final customers who were out. LUB workers worked for 19 consecutive hours Thursday into Friday to restore the 1500 + meters that were without power. The storm snapped 6 power poles according to LUB.
Only last Friday night a major thunderstorm hit Campbell County, causing up to 6000 LUB customers to be out. LUB workers have logged many hours of overtime in the last few weeks as the county grid has taken hits from both high winds and flooding in a seemingly endless cycle of heavy rain and thunderstorms.
The month of June alone has seen over 16 inches of rainfall in parts of Campbell County. This comes on the heels of an incredibly wet late winter and spring that saw major flooding and extremely high lake waters as TVA was forced to protect downstream areas from flooding when 12-15 inches of rain fell over most of the Norris and TVA watershed. The rain this month has been more localized which has allowed TVA more options for flood control in downstream areas. Little solace that has been for citizens of Campbell County who have seen their homes destroyed, their possessions lost and the roads on which they travel reduced to rubble in some cases.
*Flooding photos courtesy of Alice Fox Miller.