Power Outages Climb, Governor Issues State of Emergency

LITTLE ROCK, AR - As power outages rose near the 50-thousand mark today, Governor Mike Beebe issued a state of emergency.

It reads as follows:

WHEREAS: A severe winter weather system, beginning February 3, 2014, and continuing, has resulted in the loss of electric power and other utilities within the State of Arkansas, which will require utility companies and their crews to work long hours to restore such services as quickly as practicable; and

WHEREAS: Adverse circumstances have been brought to bear upon the citizens and public properties within the State; and

WHEREAS: 49 C.F.R. Section 390.23 authorizes a state governor to declare a regional emergency during the duration of the emergency conditions, not to exceed thirty (30) days from the date of the initial declaration of emergency, and to exempt any motor carrier or driver operating a commercial motor vehicle to provide direct assistance in providing emergency relief during an emergency from Parts 390 through 399 of Chapter 49, Code of Federal Regulations;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MIKE BEEBE, Governor of the State of Arkansas, acting under the authority vested in me by Act 511 of 1973, as amended, do hereby declare that a state of emergency exists in the State of Arkansas insofar as applied to utility company work trucks and trucks delivering repair materials to the utilities, and said state of emergency and the provisions of this proclamation shall exist and be in effect until February 18, 2014, or until such time as emergency conditions shall cease to exist, whichever occurs first.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas to be affixed this 4th day of February, in the year of our Lord 2014.

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