VOL. 132 | NO. 174 | Friday, September 1, 2017
Harvey's Memphis Remnants Take Out Power to 40,000
By Bill Dries
A huge tree at Washington Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard Downtown that came down in Thursday's storm was among the many trees being removed from local roads Friday morning as part of the storm recovery. (Daily News/Bill Dries)
The remnants of Hurricane Harvey “wreaked havoc” in Shelby County Thursday, Aug. 31, according to Memphis Light Gas and Water Division President Jerry Collins.
But the 40,000 homes and businesses that lost power at the height of the storm are no comparison to the Tom Lee storm that raked the city on the Memorial Day weekend leaving 188,000 without power.
As of 8 a.m. Friday, 15,000 homes and businesses remained without power and out of town utility crews called in to help out with the restoration were expected in the city by noon.
Collins estimated all power lost in the storm would be restored by the end of the day Sunday.
The damage and outages, much of it from downed trees that took down power lines, led to the closing of six Shelby County Schools Friday – Westwood High, Jackson Elementary, Ridgeway Learning Academy, Chickasaw Middle, Ridgeway Middle and Lucy Elementary. Donelson Elementary in Arlington was also closed Friday because of a power outage.
A long-standing large oak tree on the northwest corner of Washington Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard Downtown, that fell Thursday evening was being removed Friday morning with part of the boulevard closed to traffic around the Criminal Justice Center and Judge D’Army Bailey Courthouse. It was one of countless trees down across the county that were the focus of recovery efforts the day after the storm.
Brunswick Road at Stewart Road was still closed and under water Friday morning.