MLGW customers keep cool while waiting for power

While a MLGW crews worked into their twelfth hour in a Memphis neighborhood, Cathy Jacobson was running out of patience.

"All the stuff in the freezer's thawing out," she said. "Supposedly MLGW are out there doing something. There's been someone scheduled for this area, but 12 hours now? That's not good."

Her dogs are hot. Her baby granddaughter is hot. And the neighborhood is wrapping up a day of restlessness.

MLGW lineworkers had been planting poles and stringing lines in Jacobson's neighborhood since 2:00am, when the storm brought them down, crashing through power lines and lamp posts.

The job of re-building is slow and treacherous, and it means the workers rarely get a break.

"We work 16, 18 hours a day straight through," said MLGW worker Jack Brown. "Go home, get 8 to ten hours of rest. Come back do another 16 to 18 hours until it's all finished."

Meanwhile, Cathy Jacobson just tried to keep cool. About 60 homes in her subdivision spent the day in the dark, and the power company has tens of thousands of others to worry about at the same time.