(August 24, 2021 10 a.m.) — As utility crews rolled out early this morning, they had one goal in mind – restore electricity to as many locations as possible. It was a formidable task on day four of power restoration efforts. Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative estimates 750 remain without power.
“Communication resources are touch and go within the county, so we want to make sure all outage reports are getting to us,” says MLEC District Manager Junior Breeden. “If you are without power please call 931-296-2581 or 1-888-879-6038. We’re rerouting calls to other MLEC offices to help make sure we have a good grasp on locations. As phone and internet resources begin working, we may have more outages come through.”
In addition to Humphreys County’s regular MLEC crew, 80 extra line workers engineers, broadband, and support personnel are at work in the area. Some crew locations include Chamber Springs Road, Poplar Grove, South Clydeton, and service lines all across the county.
“Being respectful of continued rescue efforts, neighbors working on clean-up and dealing with the heat will make progress slow, but our employees are determined to power on and serve the community,” says MLEC President and CEO Keith Carnahan. “We draw strength from one another and continue to have everyone in our thoughts and prayers as we work as quickly and safely as possible.”
- Operations have essentially returned to normal for Hickman, Houston, Lewis and Perry counties.
- Power has to be present before MLConnect repairs can be made. We will make every effort to begin addressing areas that can be reached by Wednesday. (Scheduled installations are going forward for locations in all five MLEC counties that have power, as we wait for access in flooded areas.)
- Humphreys County members can rest assured MLEC is thinking of them during this difficult time. Disconnects and late fees are not being implemented.
- For safety, open the main breaker at your home if possible.
- If you have a medical emergency make arrangements to be moved to a location that has electricity. Check on neighbors who might need assistance. We are still looking at several days of repairs.
- Stay clearly away from downed power lines. Contact MLEC if you see them 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 6 p.m. 8/24/21 – or sooner if available