MLGW: Thousands remain without power this Memorial Day
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Thousands are without power this Memorial Day following severe thunderstorms over the weekend.
According to the latest Memphis, Light, Gas and Water outage map, more than 100,000 customers are currently in the dark.
Officials said this is the third largest power outage event in the history of Shelby County.
The hardest hit areas appear to be inside the I-240 loop, Cordova, South Memphis and north of Interstate 40.
MLGW said they have crews working around the clock to restore power and they are bringing in 70 additional crews from East Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio to assist.
Even with the added manpower, the company said it will take more than a week for everyone’s power to be restored.
Until that time, MLGW said they are suspending disconnects and thanks its customers for their patience.
Strong line winds with speeds close to 90 miles per hour tore down more than a hundred trees and power lines.
Mayor Jim Strickland said the city is hiring a contractor to help remove downed trees beginning Monday.
He also said the city is working with Shelby County to determine if we qualify for federal disaster assistance.
During the peak of the storm outage Saturday, more than 190,000 customers were without power.
At last check, MLGW said the regular line to report an outage was not working.
They ask everyone to call 1-800-268-8648 to report an outage.
For the latest outage information, click here.