Crews restore power to 2,700 customers as snow falls
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Entergy Arkansas workers are fighting two fronts as they head into the weekend - restoring outages left in the wake of back-to-back winter storms and making plans for a third round of winter weather. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for 41 Arkansas counties in the Northern half of the state on Friday. Forecasting models also show a mix of freezing rain and sleet expected to arrive Monday. Meanwhile, crews are aggressively working to restore the remaining 2,700 customers left without power after two storms hit the state earlier in the week.
3,100 workers have been battling widespread and extensive ice-related damage including replacing 272 broken poles and 50 miles of downed wire. Nearly 46,000 customers have been restored since Monday. While most customers will be back in service by Friday, some in the hardest hit areas could be without power until Saturday.
“This has been a very taxing week on our crews working in some brutally cold and icy conditions,” said Brady Aldy, vice president, customer service for Entergy Arkansas. “The team has worked hard all week and will continue to be ready to respond as needed.”
As with any storm, safety is always our first priority and we want it to be yours too. We urge customers to monitor the weather and prepare to implement their own winter storm plans. Customers are encouraged to download Entergy’s mobile app to access outage maps and information. In addition, storm-preparedness tips and online services are available to customers through "Entergy Storm Center."
The following tips should be helpful for individuals in the path of a winter storm:
Live wires can be deadly. Stay away from downed power lines. Call 1-800-9OUTAGE (1-800-968-8243) to report downed or dangling power lines, poles or other damaged equipment.
Don’t trim trees or remove debris on or near downed power lines. Only power company crews or their contractors should remove trees or limbs touching power lines.
Keep away from the immediate areas where crews are working. There is always the danger of moving equipment and the possibility of construction materials or limbs or overhead wires falling to the ground.
Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.