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Crews Going Strong as Entergy Works to Restore Power to Remaining 2,700

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for 41 Arkansas counties in the Northern half of the state on Friday.
Manila, Ark. (Photo courtesy of Entergy)
Manila, Ark. (Photo courtesy of Entergy)
LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) -- 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.
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