(August 21, 2021 @ 9 p.m.) — More rain and nightfall have added to already treacherous conditions for Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative crews trying to make progress in hard hit Hickman, Houston and Humphreys counties. Some ground was gained today, but it is slow going and still much to do.
Where possible, crews are continuing to work; however, with nightfall creating an additional hazard with navigating flood waters and debris, crews will be breaking later tonight and start again early in the morning.
Less than 6000 remain without power, primarily in hardest hit Humphreys County, where the MLEC office is unusable and a mobile space is being established. Broadband member-subscribers are also experiencing outages as poles and equipment are on the ground. Preliminary evaluations reveal power and broadband restoration efforts will still be in progress late in the week. Additional rain will likely also create more outages overnight due to ground that is saturated and being washed away.
MLEC crews from other counties are helping in restoration efforts and additional contract crews and neighboring utilities have help on the way. Some crews will arrive tomorrow and others on Monday.
“Keeping roads open for rescue efforts and the safety of our community and employees is our primary focus,” says MLEC President and CEO Keith Carnahan. “Our hearts are broken for our hurting communities, and we are here to help. Being able to restore power will help with the healing, so we are pushing forward.”
MLEC also shares these safety and outage reminders:
- If you do not have electric service, or know of someone who does not have electricity, please use the MLEC mobile app or the after-hours call center at 1-888-879-6038. Have your phone number, address and name on the MLEC account ready.
- If you or someone in your home uses special medical equipment, follow your emergency plan and make arrangements to be moved to a location that has electricity. Check on neighbors who might need assistance.
- Contact MLEC if you see power lines on the ground and do not try to move them. If touched, they could cause electrocution or serious injury.
- Use extreme caution when using a generator. If you own a generator, contact MLEC. A generator can send electricity back through electric lines and electrocute linemen or others involved in restoration efforts. See www.mlec.com for proper generator installation and use.
- If the weatherhead at your home is torn down, an electrician will need to repair this before MLEC can restore power.
Anticipated Update Approximately 10 a.m. 8/22/21