May 29, 2017 Morning Storm Damage Update

May 29, 2017

Storm Damage Update


  • The Shelby County Office of Preparedness continues to coordinate the storm response effort with the Memphis Office of Emergency Management.
  • The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is also assisting.


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  • 125,000 MLGW customers are without power.
  • MLGW crews are being assisted by other utility companies that have sent workers to help restore power.


Emergency Shelter


  • 32 people are staying at the American Red Cross shelter in Memphis at the Orange Mound Community Center, 2572 Park Avenue.
  • Caseworkers will be at the shelter today at 10 a.m. as well as at the American Red Cross office, 1399 Madison Avenue, to assist storm victims.
  • Call (901) 636-2525 for shelter transportation.



Road Hazards


  • Many traffic signals are out along many roads in the Memphis area.  Motorists should treat those intersections as Four-Way stops.
  • Since the storm hit, Memphis Public Works crews have received 300 calls about blocked roads. 50 calls were cleared yesterday.  Additional contractors are being hired to help address the other 250 calls about downed trees and other debris.
  • Shelby County Public Works crews have cleared most all of the 100 calls about debris blocking roads in the unincorporated neighborhoods.  Downed wires still block the intersection of Macon at Reid Hooker in the Fisherville area.


Electricity Hazards


  • Stay away from powerlines.
  • Make sure electrical systems or appliances damaged by the storm are inspected by a qualified, licensed professional.


Tips for Staying Safe


  • The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) reminds residents to throw out ALL refrigerated, perishable foods if power was out for more than four (4) hours. Perishable foods include meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt) and leftovers.
  • If the freezer door remained closed, and your power was restored in less than 24 hours (or 48 hours for a full freezer), your items may be safe.  Check each package of food to determine its safety. You can't rely on appearance or odor. If the food still contains ice crystals or is 40° F or below, it is safe to refreeze or cook. If there are no ice crystals, you will need to cook and consume or discard the items.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning - Only use generators outside, more than 20 feet away from your home, doors, and windows. Never use grills, camp stoves or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, or any partially enclosed area.
  • Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can't be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air RIGHT AWAY - DO NOT DELAY. 
  • Check on relatives and friends who live alone, especially the elderly and disabled.


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