Bolton and Frayser Areas Hit Hard By Last Night’s Storm
Fierce thunderstorms with high winds left many homes and commercial buildings damaged in north Memphis and north Shelby County. Those areas took the brunt of the storm which struck just before 11 o’clock.
“It may be a day or two before we can get an accurate total of the damage throughout the county. Our first priority is to clear trees and other debris from the streets and get power restored as soon as possible,”
said Bob Nations, Jr., Director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness.
Bolton High School and the neighborhoods along Brunswick Road between Highway 70 and Bill Morris Parkway received significant damage. Yet despite the storm, no one was killed or seriously injured.
The storm knocked out power to large sections of Frayser and Raleigh including the Memphis Police Department’s Old Allen Station. The storm also damaged neighborhoods near Shelby Forest.
Across town, several windows were blown out at the Shelby County Government Facility Services operation near Shelby Farms. Staff with the Shelby County Office of Preparedness have completed repairs to the communication power units which were struck by lightening. The lightening strike temporarily disabled the outdoor warning sirens. Of the 141 sirens controlled by the agency during last night’s severe weather, 135 sounded after a backup system started.
Here’s the latest information about the storm damage:
• Memphis Light Gas and Water officials say more than 32,000 homes and businesses don’t have power
• 26 Out-of-town utility crews will be called in to help get power restored
• Use extreme caution near downed power lines; contact MLGW at (901) 528-4465 to report damaged lines
• It may be Sunday night before all circuits are restored
Memphis City Schools Closed Today
• Raleigh-Egypt Middle School
• Raleigh-Egypt High School
• Whitehaven High School
• Northwest Prep School
Shelby County Schools Closed Today
• Bolton High School
• Barrets Elementary School
• Millington Elementary School
• In Memphis, Public Works crews continue to clear streets
• In unincorporated Shelby County, all streets are open
• Traffic lights are still out at some intersections throughout the county
• Treat these intersections as Four-Way Stops
”Once we complete our damage assessments, the totals will be sent to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. We would like to receive some funds to help pay for the damage in Shelby County,”
added Director Nations.