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Ice Storm 2014 Update

Due to the inclement weather, Millington City Hall and all other city offices will be open for business on Tuesday, March 4 with a two hour delay. Millington Municipal Courts business office will be open on Tuesday, but court will not be in session. All cases will be automatically reset to Tuesday, March 11 at 8:30 a.m.

Millington Public Works will be running a modified sanitation route this week as well. Monday and Tuesday collection routes will be run on Tuesday and will finish up on Wednesday if needed. Citizens who normally have collections on Monday and Tuesday are asked to place their receptacles on the curb side of the street for collection beginning early Tuesday morning. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
ice in Tipton County 2014School Updates

All Shelby County Schools will be closed Tuesday, March 4. Tipton County will be out as well due to inclement weather. While many city roads are clear, many rural areas of our district are still experiencing dangerous road conditions. All before and after-school activities are also canceled, including athletics and the rezoning community meeting at Kate Bond Middle School (these events will be rescheduled). ACT testing has been rescheduled by the state for Thursday, March 6. 

All Shelby County administrative offices will open two hours late (10am). All employees that work in an administrative office should report to work two hours late. Only non-instructional operational staff (i.e. maintenance/facilities) should contact their supervisors regarding duties in schools on Tuesday. All other school-based employees should not report to work.

 

MLGW Crews Respond to Power Outages

Since noon on Sunday, March 2 MLGW crews have restored power to more than 45,000 customers. Close to 17,000 customers are still without electricity. MLGW crews will continue to work into the night to restore power to customers. MLGW is estimating it may take several days to have power restored to all customers.

Storm Restoration Updates:
Currently, there are about 17,000 customers without power. MLGW has restored power to more than 45,000 customers. Downed trees weighed with ice and power lines are the primary cause of these outages; damage is spread across Shelby County with more damage occurring north of I-40, in the Raleigh/Frayser and Shelby Forrest areas.
MLGW is estimating full restoration to take several days.
MLGW crews are working 16-hour shifts in an effort to restore power.
Fifteen mutual aid crews from Alabama, Indiana, Missouri and will begin assisting MLGW crews with restoring outages Tuesday morning.
MLGW’s Customer Care Center will also be open until 7 p.m. to assist customers. Customers are reminded to call the following numbers:

To Report an Outage: 544-6500
To Report an Emergency (such as downed lines or gas leaks): 528-4465
Bill Payment Inquiries: 544-MLGW
To stop, start, transfer services and trouble calls such as water leaks and flickering lights: 820-7878
Outage numbers can be tracked via MLGW’s outage map at www.mlgw.com/outagemap.

Winter Safety Information:

Water Pipes:
Water pipes can burst anytime temperatures are below freezing. A burst
water pipe or water heater is considered to be an emergency situation
and could pose a danger of flooding the building.

·  Customers should open cabinet doors and turn water to a slow drip to prevent pipes from freezing.

·  Customers can also wrap pipes either in pipe insulation (available at hardware stores) or with towels, clothes, etc… to prevent pipes from freezing.

·  If your pipes freeze, turn off the main valve inside your house (if possible).

Space Heaters and Gas Appliances:
To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your home, make sure that all natural gas appliances, such as your water heater, furnace and space heaters, are vented outside. Keep chimneys and flues clear of all debris, and use gas space heaters only according to manufacturers’ instructions. We also recommend that you have your gas appliances inspected annually by a licensed professional.

Do not use space heaters overnight and when no one is home. Position space heaters so they are not positioned near flammable objects.

If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, seek medical assistance immediately and move the victim, if possible, to a well-ventilated area, then call our 24-hour emergency number, 528-4465.

Portable Generators

Portable Generators are a great way to back up your power in case an outage hits your home, but using one can be dangerous unless you follow these important safety tips:

Never use a generator indoors or in an enclosed area such as a garage. Generators emit toxic carbon monoxide from the engine exhaust.
A generator should only be operated in a well-ventilated and dry area, away from air intakes to the home. It should be protected from direct exposure to rain and snow, preferably under a canopy, open shed or carport.
Do not attempt to restore power to your entire house by plugging the generator into a wall outlet. The electricity produced by a generator cannot only ruin your home’s wiring and start a fire, it can also feed back into the utility system and energize a line thought to be without power possibly killing utility workers trying to restore power. It can also cause damage to the generator when electric service is restored.
Handle fuel carefully. Turn the generator off prior to refueling. Gasoline, kerosene and other flammable liquids should be stored outside of living areas in properly labeled safety containers.
Turn off or disconnect all appliances prior to operating generator. Once the generator is running, appliances powered by the generator can be turned on one at a time.

For additional safety and energy-saving tips, visit mlgw.com

 

Hazardous Driving Conditions Continue Tonight In Shelby County

Law enforcement officers and public works crews say  ice remains on roads, especially near Shelby Forest, Woodstock and other parts of north Shelby County.

Ice, downed tree limbs and power lines continue to affect several intersections tonight:

·         Hwy 14 at Tracy Road-reports of black Ice from Mudville to the Shelby County line

·         Brunswick at Godwin

·         Most roads in the Northaven area have iced over

·         Hwy 51-only one lane is open

·         Austin Peay bridges over the Loosahatchie are iced over

·         Secondary and side roads from Paul Barrett, north and west from Stewart Road are iced over

·         Locke at Benjestown

·         Hines at Cuba-Millington

  • Garnett at Independence
  • 6900 block of Benjestown
  • Fite at Walsh

Light snow should taper off tonight.  However, any melted snow could refreeze on streets making driving hazardous for the morning rush-hour.  

The low tonight will be in the teens.  Citizens should check on relatives and friends who live alone, especially the elderly and disabled.  Pets should also stay indoors.  

 

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