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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- More than 100 MLGW customers in the Frayser area were still without power late Friday afternoon. That community has been dealing with periodic power outages for weeks.

"It's so hot. I've got a big family. I got six kids. It gets hot," said Frayser resident Lisa Reyna.

She and others on Restbrook Avenue got power back Friday morning after an outage that lasted about 11 hours.

That meant residents had to deal with the extreme heat without air conditioning.

"We were outside laying down on our trampoline, laying down in our truck," Reyna said.

"You couldn't sleep. No air moving," said Frayser resident Jennifer Maness.

Some residents told WREG they tried sleeping in their vehicles in order to have air conditioning.

They said there have been multiple outages this summer, a point MLGW confirmed.

The company said last night's issue was a fuse outage after a tree fell on lines on Creston.

Neighbors told WREG this area could use some help.

The city is running an After Hours Cooling Center at the Pipkin Building on Early Maxwell Boulevard. That center is open from 6 p.m. until 7 a.m.

That is about 10 miles from Frayser.

The city said residents can always go to community centers, neighborhood shopping centers, or libraries for relief.

They may also call the city's Office of Emergency Management for a ride to a cooling center at 901-636-2525.

Still, Reyna said she hopes for, "more reliable electricity where we don't have to go through this."

The city said citizens looking for overnight accommodations may also contact the Union Mission at 383 Poplar or the Salvation Army at 696 Jackson.