MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)- High winds from Wednesday night’s storm caused destruction to power lines, cars, and homes.
Memphis Light, Water, and Gas said 40,000 of its customers experienced power outages spanning from Tipton County to DeSoto County.
MLGW officials said it utilized a crisis team to assess damage in affected parts.
Trisha Henderson is a resident of Binghampton and said a large tree next to her house uprooted from the high winds and fell onto both of her cars.
“Well, last night was a stormy night, was
a rainy night and I went to bed and it was a little before midnight I heard the
sound of a strong wind like I never heard before and the power went off,”
The tree was just feet from hitting her house.
“It’s scary looking at this in the daytime because last night I couldn’t see the extent of the damage,” Henderson said. “But it’s scary knowing that it could have been worse and could have fallen on my house.”
Local 24 News learned more about her story and found out that she uses her car to help women who are on the streets in the Memphis area.
Ten years ago, Henderson was on the streets as a prostitute and drug addict.
After years of wanting to get sober and be there for her kids she found help through the Binghampton Community Church.
She uses her car to reach these women and inspire them to know they could have a better life.
“They need to see the power of God,” Henderson said. “They need to see that if they want to, if they want to become sober, they want to come off the streets, they need to see that it could happen.”
Mary Abram of Binghampton Community Church said she became close with Henderson when she helped her get off the streets.
Abram said Henderson has become like a “sister” to her because of their faith and desire to help others.
“She’s my sister because she loves the same people I do,” Abram said. “She sees the need to help our community and she goes out there and she does it and that’s our prayer.”
Henderson’s daughter started a GoFundMe to help her mom get a new car. If you would like to help here is the link.