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MLGW crews work hard in icy conditions to restore power

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Utility crews say downed trees and ice-covered power lines are the main reasons for the outages. Utility crews say downed trees and ice-covered power lines are the main reasons for the outages.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - MLGW is working hard to restore power to customers impacted by the winter storm that swept through Memphis late Sunday and early Monday morning.

As of 6:30 p.m. Monday, power was restored to about 45,000 people. Fewer than 17,000 customers remain without power.

Utility crews say downed trees and ice-covered power lines are the main reasons for the outages.

"It [the power] went out last night around 10:30," said Adam Good. "It's getting a little cold in the house. We're ready for some power."

By mid-morning, MLGW crews had taken over Rozelle Street in Central Gardens. It was one of many stops Monday for workers removing tree limbs that had gotten in the way of power lines.

Repairing transformers and clearing trees forced utility workers to deal with the icy conditions both on the streets and on the trees.

"It's been cold, we're ready for some heat to come back on," said Good. "I called a couple of times and just got a recording, but I see them out here and I'm definitely glad to see them."

MLGW says they are responding to each neighborhood as quickly as possible and it will be expecting more work Tuesday if everything re-freezes overnight.

Just down the street, Lauren Mitchell had power, but also had a flooded basement.

"It's just sitting here, it needs to be pumped out," she said.

Mitchell said just after 10 p.m. Sunday, she called a city crew out to her house. They told her it was not their problem. A plumber came out Monday morning and found the backup was in a sewage pipe.

"He found it 137 feet away from my house, so it goes back into the alley way," said Mitchell.

When Mitchell called the city again, a supervisor was dispatched. When city crews arrived, they found the backup was caused because of too much grease.

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