Electric companies still pushing to restore power

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Power companies continue efforts to restore power to thousands after an ice storm this week.

Monty Williams with Craighead Electric said Friday morning about 400 customers are without power.

Scattered outages are being worked on in Marked Tree, Lake Poinsett area, southeast of Harrisburg, Highway 149 to Earle and southeast of Earle.

According to Brian Duncan, CEO of Craighead Electric, about 150 line workers are in the field. He said the cooperative is "optimistic that restoration of power to members should be complete today [Friday]."

Williams said once power is back for homes and businesses, repair service will begin on irrigation systems, grain bins and yard lights.

Outages for Craighead Electric reached 2,500 customers at its peak. Over 70 power poles had to be replace.

The Craighead Cooperative in Jonesboro and the Woodruff Electric Cooperative in Forrest City were among hardest hit by the ice storm.

Outages peaked at 18,000 for all 17 of the state's electric cooperatives during the ice storm.

Power is slowly coming back on for customers of Entergy Arkansas. In northeast Arkansas, Mississippi and Cross County continue to see the most outages with over a thousand people still in the dark.

To report an outage or downed lines, here are a few numbers to help:

Entergy Arkansas, Inc.: 800-968-8243

Craighead Electric Coop: 888-771-7772

North Arkansas Electric Coop:  870-895-3221

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