85-year-old Memphis woman still without power following February ice storm

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s been more than a month since the ice storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people in the Mid-South. While many of us have put that storm in our rearview mirror, an elderly Memphis woman can’t. She’s been without power for weeks.

“Three thousand dollars. I don’t have that kind of money. That’s why I’m moving,” said Mildred Taylor. ‘’No electricity since the February ice storm.”

For more than a month, 85-year-old Taylor has been living in the dark.

“I have little candles,” she said.

Taylor uses candles to light her path throughout her home.

”When you know your house, you can move around,” said Taylor.

Taylor said the ice storm broke the weatherhead on her home in early February. That forced MLGW to disconnect her power until she repairs it.

But while crews inspected her home, they noticed other issues like out-of-date wiring throughout the house.

“It’s an old house — about 65 years old. So the wiring probably been bad, but I didn’t know,” said Taylor.

The added repairs have pushed her repair cost from hundreds of dollars to more than three thousand.

“I am not trying to come up with the money. Everyone I know is too old, on fixed income. We can’t help each other. Just love each other,” said Taylor.

Taylor said she is looking to move in the next two weeks, but she may not have to.

The Works is right in her backyard. The non-profit community development corporation serves South Memphis and the Greater Memphis area. It provides minor home repair services to low-and moderate-income elderly homeowners at no charge.

Homeowners can also receive up to $15,000 in South City and up to $20,000 in the Heart of Memphis toward repairs on their home.

“I can move until it gets fixed. I’ll be OK,” said Taylor.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development also provides resources for repairs.

Here’s a link to the list of services they offer: https://www.hud.gov/

And here’s a link to The Works: http://theworkscdc.org/single-family-development/homeowner-assistance-repair-program/

A gofundme account has been set up for Ms. Taylor. CLICK HERE if you would like to donate.