Craighead Electric Working on Remaining 2,000

December 10, 2002
Posted at: 9:20 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Almost a week after a devastating winter storm hit Region 8, many residents are still without power. Workers say, however, they can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The Craighead Electric Coorperative has brought in about one hundred extra people for to help with its mission of restoring power to its 2,000 customers that remain without. The total number of workers in the field now totals close to 200.

"Yeah we're trying to get to them," said electrical worker Terry Hooten. "I mean it's time consuming it's going to take a long time to get it back up but we're working as quick as we can."

Thanks to Hooten, and the other crews working for Craighead Electric, they have restored power to over half the people initially affected by the December 3 ice storm. While that number may still seem high to most, it has dwindled greatly because of the hours the workers have been putting in.

"It's been pretty busy been working 18, 19 hours a day, seven days a week," said Ervin Mears, an electrical worker. "It takes a while you got to frame it, set the pole, lay the wire up on it and re-sag it.

"(It) just depends on how much trouble you have anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour some of them goes real good and some of them takes longer depending on how hard it is to get into them and what all you got to do to them after you get there and what type of pole it is just a big list," Mears added.

"The way I look at it is what I'd feel like if my lights were off. When they are, I hope somebody will do the same thing for me I'm trying to do for them."