MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two days after severe storms ripped through the Mid-South, MLGW has the lights on to nearly all its customers.
Right now, there are just 89 customers without power and at its peak, there were more than 38,000 without power on Saturday.
A spokeswoman said the utility called in more than 55 crews to help with the aftermath of this weekend’s massive storms that left nearly 40,000 MLGW customers in the dark and destroyed homes.
A spokeswoman said the reason was a solid plan was in place.
Most of its customers had their power back on by yesterday morning.
The recovery process didn’t happen as quickly on President’s Island.
Crews have been out all day where MLGW said the storms knocked down about 30 poles.
This weekend’s massive storms caused trees to fall on homes, poles to break and 38,000 MLGW customers to lose power.
“It was a lot of high winds,” said Woodson Ivy, south Memphis resident. “I said my prayers. I was pretty much covered.”
Customers said they were amazed at how quickly MLGW got their power restored.
I think the transformer went out,” Ivy said. “I heard it got hit. When it got hit the power went out. It took them probably about maybe two hours.”
“The storm hit Saturday, the next morning 96 percent of our customers power was restored,” said Gale Jones Carson, MLGW spokeswoman. “Sunday night everybody was on accept for maybe 100 customers.”
MLGW’s spokeswoman said the company brought in the 30 tree trimming crews it had on standby from out of town along with about 22 troubleshooters who work for MLGW.
“Think one of the things that was done differently was that we made sure that we had ample crews on standby,” Carson said.
MLGW said going forward, they will take the same steps they took this weekend.
Right now, there are only about 80 customers without power and 60 are on President’s Island.
The reason they it has taken longer on the island is because more pole were down than in other areas.
“When you have that many poles knocked down, it interferes with the restoration process so what we have to do is have all of that cleared first before we can begin accessing the damage," Carson said.
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