After the Storm: Clean-up

(Memphis) The clean-up from Tuesday evening’s storms began as the sun came up Wednesday.

There were several reports of downed trees across the city of Memphis.

The University of Memphis area had several reports of damage. A tree fell blocking the road at Cowden and Highland in the thick of the storm.

A car crashed into the downed tree. On Carnes just a few blocks away, a 200-year-old tree fell into the street damaging one car but missing several houses.

“We have the best tree in the whole world. It hit somebody else’s car and didn’t even touch ours,” said Barbara Wilson-Relyea about the tree that fell in her yard. “I know the city is responsible for cleaning up whatever is in the street, so I am waiting on them. And I’ve also called a tree service to come out and get rid of the rest of the tree,” she added.

In South Memphis a large branch fell from a tree and into a house in the 900 block of Colgate. No one was injured inside the home.

“Just a little damage to the attic.  We have a little rain damage to the room I just saw that this morning. Other than that it’s not big damage but it’s going to have to be repaired,” explained Travis Hudson who lived at the home on Colgate.

There were also pictures of a large tree that fell at Overton Park Tuesday afternoon before the storm hit, due to the heavy winds. That tree totaled two cars and damaged a third.

MLGW reports 17,000 were without power at the worst point in the storm.

“About 7000 of those were represented in a substation outage. So once we got that back up, we got a good portion of the customer’s back up,” said MLGW representative Glenn Thomas.

Thomas said crews work to get the largest amount of customers restored first with MLGW crews pulling extremely long hours.

“A substation would definitely be a starting point and then we work our way down to circuits and transformers. And then you get down to what we are working on today, which is more individual types of outages, putting up poles, the heavier damage type of stuff,” said Thomas.

MLGW staffed their call center overnight to take calls of outages.

Barbara Wilson-Relyea next to the tree that fell in her yard off of Carnes near the University of Memphis.

Barbara Wilson-Relyea next to the tree that fell in her yard off of Carnes near the University of Memphis.

Car damaged by tree that fell on Carnes.

Car damaged by tree that fell on Carnes.

Carnes damage.

Carnes damage.

Roots of the 200 year old tree on Carnes.

Roots of the 200 year old tree on Carnes.

Damage to a car hit by a tree at Overton Park Tuesday afternoon.

Damage to a car hit by a tree at Overton Park Tuesday afternoon.

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