Friday, September 1, 2017

Tropical Depression Harvey Leaves Thousands Without Power, Full Restoration Expected by Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 9:38 AM

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After Tropical Depression Harvey swept through Memphis and surrounding areas Thursday, Memphis Light, Gas, and Water (MLGW) officials say some 40,000 homes and businesses lost power.

As of Friday morning, MLGW officials report that that number is down to 15,000.

CEO of MLGW Jerry Collins Jr., says the storm system "wreaked havoc" in the area, leaving fallen trees and power lines. Its crews began restoration efforts Thursday night.

Those efforts, he says, address the outages that affect the greatest amount of people first, working down to the outages impacting the smallest amount of customers.

Outside contracted crews are expected to join restoration efforts by noon on Friday.

Though Collins says the utility has "several hundreds of points to repair," he anticipates all customers' power will be restored by the end of the day on Sunday.

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