Power restored in Black Oak, Caraway after more than 24 hours without power

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – Power has been restored to nearly 300 Entergy customers in Black Oak and Caraway who were without power  due to a failed transformer.

According to the utility company, the power outage happened September 4 at 5:55 p.m., and power was restored at 7 p.m.

The company said a transformer issue at the Black Rock substation caused the outage, and crews worked diligently to fix the problem.

Classes at Riverside schools were canceled as a result of the outage.

"When Dad was fixing to drop me off, the teachers were standing outside and they said there's not going to be any school today," said 11-year-old Chance Austin.

Austin is a sixth grader at Riverside West in Lake City who was happy classes were canceled. "I think it's awesome!" he said.

The food service staff at Riverside East in Caraway spent Wednesday  morning trying to save as much food as possible for about 180 pre-kindergarten to sixth grade students they serve breakfast and lunch everyday.

"We lost all of our milk in our milk box and all of our fresh fruits and vegetables," said Riverside Schools Child Nutrition Director Ramona Smith.

Smith sent the food and milk deliveries that were scheduled to arrive at the east campus Wednesday to Riverside High School in Lake City.

"We're discarding food that's been in a time danger zone, more than two hours above 41 degrees," she said. ""Even though it's cold we can't take a chance on giving it to our children because their immune system is real low."

Smith said they lost twelve blocks of USDA cheese, but fortunately were able to save chicken, pork and hamburgers.

While the staff labored in the heat soaked school cafeteria in Caraway to get the edible food to Riverside High School, a woman in Black Oak did welfare checks at homes in her community.

"I drove around to check on the people in our community. I know that there are some people that have babies here and that don't need to be in the heat and cannot escape it. They have no other place to go," said Brandy Hemminger.

Hemminger invited people to her home where she setup fans and pulled out her water hose to provide relief from the heat.

"I posted it on Facebook. I said, 'I don't think there's a soul left in Black Oak, but if there is you're more than welcome to come hang out at my house and at least get some sort of breeze.'"

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