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Faulkner County Tornado Recovery Update
Kyle Leyenberger, KNWA
FAULKNER COUNTY, AR - County officials released the following update this morning on the tornado recovery operation.
ROAD CLOSURES, CURFEW:
State Hwy 365 from Pulaski County to Mayflower is not open to through traffic. The only east/west route from Pulaski county to Faulkner County is I-40. Please plan for an alternate route due to highway closures caused by utility services in the area.
The curfew remains in effect for the City of Mayflower as well as Vilonia from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for all residents and non-essential personnel city wide. Mayflower is presently under a boil order. The Mayflower High School and Middle School are open as shelters at present.
Conway Regional Hospital has released statistics resulting from the tornado: 89 people treated; of those, 9 were admitted and 10 were transported to Little Rock Hospitals. Several of these had head trauma.
At 10 p.m. we still have about 2,200 customers without power in Faulkner County. Most of these customers are in Vilonia and along Hwy. 89 South and Hwy. 365 South in Mayflower.
About 900 people are engaged in the restoration effort in Faulkner County. This includes linemen, vegetation, logistics, and safety specialists.
Outside crews helping us have come from surrounding states: Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana.
Damage estimates include several hundred poles and related wire and equipment. Our Mayflower substation took a heavy blow from the tornado. Several transmission line structures were also destroyed.
We expect to have power restored to all who customers who can receive power by May 2, most will have their lights back on sooner.
We ask the public to please stay away from any downed line and if they see a downed power line to please let us know by calling 800-9ENTERGY.
On Wednesday our crews will be working in Vilonia along Church Street, the downtown area and along Naylor Road. In Mayflower we’ll be working along Hwy. 89 South east of town and along Hwy. 365 South down to The Plantation.
Our crews are working in some extremely congested areas. We are placing safety cones to alert the public that our crews are working. However, we would like to have some additional traffic control assistance along Hwy. 89 South east of Mayflower tomorrow. We will be replacing around 20 poles along the highway and need the additional safety.
Volunteers are being signed in and tagged at Beryl Baptist Church, Vilonia, as well as City Hall of Mayflower. Sign in is imperative. The signing in of volunteers affects federal assistance dollars and it allows workers to be used effectively and efficiently.