HAMBLEN COUNTY, Tn. (WYMT/WVLT) - An SUV ran off the road around 9:30 Monday morning and collided with a power pole on Cherokee Park Road. That caused the power to go out at the Spring Creek Lift Station.
It took an hour and a half to restore power, but in that time, 94,000 gallons of waste water poured into Cherokee Lake.
Numerous signs are now posted in the area warning people to avoid contact with the water. Those areas include the Hamblen County boat dock, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency boat-access ramp and the boat launch area in Grainger County.
The Morristown Waste Water Division will test the water over the next couple of days to make sure the water is usable.