Storm Damage Assessments Continue Today
April 5, 2011
Office of Preparedness staff continue their assessments today of yesterday’s storm which killed one man and left about 50 homes damaged in several neighborhoods, especially in southeast Memphis.
“Additional utility crews are arriving from Knoxville, Tennessee and cities in Missouri and Illinois to assist Memphis Light, Gas and Water. However, it may take several days to restore electricity to thousands of homes and businesses. People need to especially be aware of downed power lines in their neighborhood,” said Bob Nations, Jr., Director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness.
The violent thunderstorm with strong winds led to the electrocution yesterday of an elderly man at his home on Melody Lane. People should call the MLGW Emergency Hotline (901) 528-4465 to report damaged power lines.
Memphis Public Works crews continue to clear debris from streets blocked by fallen trees. Limbs will be picked up if they’re set by the curb and are no longer than five feet and 13 inches wide.
Many of the 90 traffic signals damaged by the storm are still not working. Drivers should treat uncontrolled intersections as Four-Way Stops.
Although damage was significant to homes in the Colonial and Sea Isle neighborhoods, Shelby County won’t receive any state or federal assistance. “A disaster has not been declared since most the storm damage is on private property. Insurance will likely cover the repairs. However, we are keeping the Tennessee Office of Emergency Management informed about our storm response efforts,” added Director Nations.