MLEC Continues Storm Restoration


Outage numbers are getting lower. (May 9, 2024– Centerville, TN) — MLEC crews have made significant progress on outages today and anticipate all members to have power by late tonight. Less than 500 remain without electricity in Hickman County and a few isolated cases need repair in Perry County.

In Hickman County, the majority of work has been focused on the Beaverdam/Brushy/Aetna area. Lineworkers from multiple MLEC counties and two outside contractors have worked throughout the day in rough terrain and wet conditions to restore power.

Less than 200 MLConnect subscribers are currently without service. These are mainly in Perry County. MLC crews have spent the day surveying the damage and have pinpointed areas of need. For safety and efficiency, power restoration is concludes before broadband repairs can begin tomorrow.

MLEC would like to remind members about these safety tips while crews continue work:

  • If you do not have electric service, or know of someone who does not have electricity, please call your local office. Have your phone number, address and name on the MLEC account ready. If you are calling after hours, please call 1-888-879-6038. Email and social media are not linked to our outage management system, so these should not be used to report issues.
  • 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 if necessary.
  • Contact MLEC if you see power lines on the ground or caught in trees 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 for proper generator installation and use.
  • Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible to retain the inside temperature.
  • If the weatherhead at your home is torn down, an electrician will need to repair this before MLEC can restore power.
  • If you are an MLConnect customer and power has returned but Internet has not, unplug the router from the power source for a few minutes instead of using the reset button. If this does not restore service, submit a ticket online at Or, call your local MLEC office; then press OPTION 3, then OPTION 2. Once power lines are back in service, broadband crews will begin repairing fiber.


MLEC is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility that serves more than 34,500 meters in Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lewis and Perry counties. We are your source for power and broadband and help build brighter futures for the communities we serve. Learn more at

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