Chattanooga Central, Brown Middle left without power this morning

Chattanooga Central, Brown Middle left without power this morning

August 13th, 2013 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Brown Middle School

Photo by D. Patrick Harding

Central High School in Chattanooga

Photo by Allison Carter

Update: Power has been restored.

A fallen tree left two Chattanooga schools without power this morning.

EPB spokesman John Pless said around 10 a.m. that a tree fell this morning, knocking power out to Chattanooga Central High School and Brown Middle School.

He said EPB tree and construction crews were on-site.

Dr. Lee McDade, asst. superintendent of the Hamilton County Department of Education, said the schools are not letting out for the day.

He said Hamilton County Schools will "be flexible" with kids who went home early.

"This took a lot longer than we anticipated," McDade said.

He said it took EPB workers longer than expected to get the tree cleaned up, partly because the ground was too wet for them to get their trucks in position.

"That cost us a lot of time right there," he said.

He doesn't know yet how many kids went home.