MLGW: Thousands without power thanks to Harvey

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — With crews working around the clock to restore power, MLGW anticipates having everyone back up and running by Sunday night.

At the height of the storm, more than 40,000 customers were affected by the power outage. That number had been reduced to 18,000 by Friday morning and just under 10,000 by 2 p.m.

Tropical Depression Harvey poured rain, knocking down trees all across the Mid-South. One woman we spoke to said she was watching TV when a huge tree toppled over, knocking down power lines and trapping her inside her home on Allison Avenue.

“Then I heard boom! Like that, so I ran out and I looked out and I did not expect to see this,” she told WREG’s Bridget Chapman.

“When I saw that, I was like, first thing, I panicked, you know inside. My heart started beating really fast and I then I’m like chill, chill, call light gas and water.”

The heavy rain made it difficult for drivers as well. Slick, rain-covered road turned into pools of water in some places like College and Trigg. Drivers were faced with the decision to turn around or take the risk of driving through the water, which was at least two feet deep.

A WREG crew had to help two drivers get their cars back to safe ground after they got stuck.

City crews showed up to try and manage the water, which was nearly waist-high by that point.

MLGW said to help speed up the process of getting people back online, 20 crews from out of town have been called in to help.

If you need to report an outage, call (901) 544-6500.