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Ice storm downs tree limbs and power lines in Craighead County

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An ice storm system that moved into Region 8 early Thursday morning into the early evening caused damage all throughout Northeast Arkansas.

After the crippling ice storm in 2009, we all know how disastrous ice and trees can be. 

"The ice accumulating on the trees, pine trees are real bad about collecting on them and they'll just fall on power lines," Monty Williams with Craighead Electric told Region 8 News.

South of the bypass in Jonesboro, it wasn't a pine, but still laden with ice, a big tree came down on top of an apartment complex at Caraway Commons. No word if anyone was injured or the extent of the damage to the building.

Williams told Region 8 News his crews were still out for the better part of the day, tackling the ice that'd accumulated on trees and power lines.

A power line heavy with ice near the Westside School District was laying in a water filled ditch. Prompting Williams to give this advice to customers.

"If there's any power lines down, call us and stay away from them."

Now that the storm system has moved out, crews will be working overnight to restore power

"It's just gonna take a little time to see what kind of damage we have and as soon as we see that and get the material in here, we'll get 'em back on," Williams said.

According to Craighead Electric's latest numbers, about 1,100 members remain without power. Greene County has the most customers affected, with roughly 600 in the dark tonight in the Marmaduke and Lafe areas.

 

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