9 days in the dark: Final storm families wait for electricity

(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Several families continue to wait in the dark nine days after the storm ripped through the Mid-South.

There are less than 2,000 MLGW customers still without power and the utility company hopes to have all the power restored by early this week.

MLGW crews are working around the clock to meet that goal with help from more than 100 out-of-town power crews.

"It's so frustrating and it hurts," said Marilynn Murphy, who said the past nine days have been difficult.

To make matters worse, she's living with her elderly sister-in-law who is legally blind and diabetic. She said she [sister-in-law] also has a syndrome with which the heat causes her to hallucinate.

"She hasn't had a chance to take her insulin because her medicine done went bad," Murphy said.

A neighbor gave her a generator to help keep the fans running at their house.

Murphy said the generator running outside of her home has been helpful, but also a hassle. The problem is that she's having to pay to put gas in it multiple times a day.

Her biggest concern, however, is trying to keep her sister-in-law fed and cool. She's like many of the last families in Memphis without power simply trying to hold on until the lights come back on.

"I don't have no money to go to no hotel," Murphy said. "They give us some lights. We don't have to go to no hotel. This is our hotel."

Murphy is very happy that she has a generous neighbor who has been checking on her. She said her neighbors have been so helpful during this tough time.

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