Icy mess causes damage, outages in West Tennessee - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Icy mess causes damage, outages in West Tennessee

DYER COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Two West Tennessee counties took major hits from Tuesday night's ice storm.    

A layer of ice envelopes everything in Dyer and Lake Counties, and power outages are reported in much of the area.

Dyer County's winter wonderland isn't so wonderful, with trees toppled on houses and ice coating utility lines.

Tony Veatch has been in his house with his two children since Tuesday night, when his their entire neighborhood lost power. He says they'll crawl into sleeping bags and huddle up for warmth.

"We'll spend the night here tonight," he said.

Veatch says he could go to a hotel, but he wants to tough it out. "It's my house...this is where we live. That's the way it is. There's no reason to leave."

Every tree in the area is caked with ice, and the weight of the ice is to blame for the damage.

But as bad as things are in Dyer County, they're even worse farther north in Lake County, where cars are encased in ice and some residents are spending the night in shelters.

"It's a disaster. It looks like a tornado hit it," said Lake Co. resident Peggy Stout. "The limbs are down, the poles are down. Trees broke down."

Stout is staying at the Red Cross shelter, after her utilities went off around 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Dorothy and Kenneth Lee of Lake County said their power went out around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. Their power returned 10 minutes later, after they'd headed out to the shelter and had to leave their cats behind.
"From then on, we tried to call the power company. Every line...they were all busy," said Kenneth Lee.

The power is gradually coming back on in parts of Dyer County, but emergency management officials said it will be a few days before all power is restored. It's expected to take longer in Lake County. 

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