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MLGW: Adds 24 additional crews to work on restoration efforts

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Crews continue to work around the clock, restoring power to customers left in the dark following weekend storms.

As of 6 p.m. Wednesday night, Memphis, Light, Gas and Water estimated 42,000 people still do not have power.

MLGW says they are adding an additonal 24 crews to work on the restoration of power.

This brings the total of crews to 97.

According to MLGW as crews tackle smaller outages progress will begin to slow down.

Crews will have more challenges facing them as the focus on those smaller outages such as making repairs in back yards where poles and wires are situated.

MLGW also says they have contracted 20 additional tree trimming companies bring the total to 78 crews.

At the height of the outages, that number was more than 180,000.

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MLGW said unlike smaller storms, they are unable to give an estimated time of restoration due to the extent of the damage and subsequent rain Sunday.

The company is urging everyone who experienced an outage give them a call.

That number is 1-800-268-8648 or (901) 544-6500.

If you have an emergency such as a gas leak or electrical lines down, call (901) 528-4465.

Customer Care can be reached at (901) 820-7878.