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Middle Tennessee Power Outages


Severe thunderstorms and flooding are causing power outages across the Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative service area of Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lewis and Perry counties. An estimated 6000 are without power as of Sunday morning. 

In addition to continuing storms, roads and bridges being washed out prevent linecrews from reaching areas that are in need of repair. Currently, cooperative personnel are working in areas they can reach, assessing the damage, and making preparations to "hit the ground running" when the weather breaks. This includes calling in area utility and contract crews for assistance.

Affected areas are widespread; however, a quick assessment of the hardest hit areas this morning found the following conditions: 

Hickman County – The Tennessee Valley Authority substation in Centerville has flooded knocking out power to the city and stranding a worker that had to be removed by boat. MLEC is working on rerouting the hospital and other accounts from another substation until water can be pumped out and equipment damage can be assessed. Pinewood and Coble experienced fierce winds, a possible tornado, overnight leaving outages. Continued rain and high waters are causing problems in the Bucksnort area. Some 3500 are without power in the county.

Lewis County – There are about 40 homes without power scattered over the county. The main problems are connected to lightning and rain.

Perry County –  Scattered outages over the entire  county.

Humphreys County – Some 2000 members are without power. The most concentrated area of concern is south of Waverly.

Houston County – Highway 13 North going into Erin is impassable. Outages are spread over the entire county due to flooding, and some homes are destroyed. Approximately 300 are currently without power.

"When the outages are scattered, it takes a while to move crews and equipment from one location to another and give them time to safely survey and repair the damage," says MLEC Vice President of Operations Ed Greenwell. "With more heavy rains forecasted for today, new outages are likely to occur."

MLEC thanks its members for their understanding and cooperation as crews work in these difficult conditions. It also reminds members that their safety is a top priority and shares this information:


  • Do not try to move trees off downed power lines! Lines that are on the ground are not necessarily dead power lines.  You can be electrocuted! If you see downed lines, contact MLEC and stay clear of the lines.  MLEC linemen have been trained to handle these situations and have the necessary equipment to do the job as safely and quickly as possible.


  • Use extreme caution when using a generator. If you own a generator, contact MLEC. A generator can send electricity back through electric lines and electrocute linemen or others involved in restoration efforts.


  • If you or someone in your home uses life support equipment, make arrangements to be moved to a location that has electricity. 


  • If the weatherhead at your home is torn down, an electrician will need to repair this before MLEC can restore power.


  • If you need to have your individual service disconnected due to flooding or damage, trip the main breaker and contact an electrician.


  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed unless absolutely necessary. Food will stay frozen for up to two days.


MLEC asks members to notify them if they have lost power.

 Hickman County (including Dyer Road):  (931) 729-3558    After hours: 1-800-482-6553

 Lewis County:  (931) 796-3116 after hours: 1-800-256-2807

 Perry County (including Pleasantville):  (931) 589-2151  After hours: 1-800-316-2342

Humphreys County: (931) 296-2581 or 296-2582      After hours:  1-800-893-8273

Houston County:  (931) 289-3311   After hours: 1-800-650-6814

"We ask everyone's cooperation as we deal with periods of interrupted phone service tied to the rain and handle a high volume of calls," says Greenwell.

When calling, please be ready to give your address and phone number, as well as the name in which your MLEC account is listed. This will help pinpoint the outage area. Also, let them know if the line is down that runs directly to your home, around your meter, or if you see a major line down beside the road.


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