Many MLGW customers may be in dark for days

Published: Jun. 26, 2023 at 7:56 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 26, 2023 at 10:43 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - MLGW says power restoration could take days to fix following Sunday’s storms.

As of noon Monday, more than 90,000 customers remain without power in MLGW’s area. At the peak, more than 120,000 were without power.

Click here to see the latest outage totals.

CEO Doug McGowen says the storm came with winds up to 75 miles per hour which caused widespread damage.

Crews are working to restore power, but repairs may be lengthy after straight line winds toppled trees and power lines across a large swath of Shelby County.

“We’ve got a big area to look at all of the damage, so we’ll have a better estimate of how long and how much effort it will take to get everyone restored,” McGowen said.

He says all of their crews are working to restore power, along with an additional 45 crews that have been contracted for cleanup.

McGowen says this is the 6th-worst storm in MLGW history as far as number of outages.

No cooling centers are currently open. City officials recommend those seeking a reprieve from the heat go to malls or large stores.

MLGW is asking all of its customers to reduce their water usage until 5 p.m. Monday. This is because low water pressure has been reported in Arlington, Cordova and parts of Northeast Shelby County.

A boil water advisory is in effect for northern Shelby County.

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