Little Rock storm damage

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Little Rock Public Works crews spent Thursday dealing with the downed trees in the road and water puddling in the streets. Crews will be out all night as the storm continues to bring strong wind and heavy rain.

All over Little Rock, crews are cleaning up trees and power lines knock down. A tree fell on a car on South Tyler causing quite a bit of damage. Another downed tree took out power lines and a light pole on Fairfax Avenue. The Little Rock Fire Department blocked the street to vehicles until Entergy could clean up and restore the power line.

Mark Jacobi with Little Rock Public Works says the strong wind and rain plus the fact some of the trees are weak due to the draught is a one, two punch.

In Cammack Village a tree fell on the power lines. Entergy crews had to fuse a switch to get power restored to nearby homes.

Jacobi says Public Works has sandbags for anyone who wants them, just in case, however workers left early Thursday so they could be on standby overnight. “Anytime we have adverse weather we try to split our crews up so we can cover both day and night.”

Public Works cleared drainage ways and blockages before the storm hit, however water is already puddling on the roadways. “We will see some street flooding, so we want to remind people not to drive through the water.” Until the storm passes, Jacobi’s best advice is to stay home and off the roads.

The Red Cross has a shelter open for people seeking a haven from the storm at the Pleasant Valley Church of Christ on Rodney Parham.

People can pick up sandbags at the Little Rock Central Maintenance Facility located off Scott Hamilton and also at the Central Fire Station at 7th and Chester.

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