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Shelters, warming centers opening in Northeast Arkansas

MANILA, AR (KAIT) - The Northeast Arkansas American Red Cross is working with the Mississippi County Office of Emergency Management to monitor whether emergency shelters and warming centers should be opened in Mississippi County.

Even though the power went out at Sheila Hawkins' salon in Manila she was still open for business.

"I was out for four hours (Tuesday), which wasn't too bad because I had a generator, and I said, ‘If you'll give me a light and a blow dryer I can still work,'" she said.

"On the outskirts of Manila, the Lost Cane area, the Etowah area, they have been out for two days or longer. It came back on for a little bit then it went back off. Then I know up by the country club (Wednesday) afternoon they went out. The school's been out in certain areas of the school."

According to Entergy Arkansas, Mississippi County is one of the hardest hit with 2,200 outages.

"In Mississippi County it's a dynamic situation and we're waiting and assessing the situation and the OEM coordinator and I are speaking every hour, probably every two hours we're on the phone with each other," said Northeast Arkansas coordinator Jody Carter.

Carter said community input played a role in getting shelters and warming centers opened in some parts of Region 8. "We started getting a lot of phone calls here from the Wynne area, from the Cross County area."

However Sheila said many people in her community often choose not to call county or city offices to request emergency facilities.

"They usually go to their family or friend's house and stay until it's over. A lot of them won't leave because they afraid their pipes will bust or something, but if somebody has to they'll go to family or friends."

Carter said anyone who wants to request a shelter or warming center should their county office of emergency management.

Two shelters and two warming centers are open in Northeast Arkansas:



First Baptist Church Lepanto (870) 475-2125

Wynne First Assembly of God (870) 238-7442


Daytime Warming Centers:

Tyronza City Hall (870) 487-2168

Forrest City Civic Center (870) 633-0041


Click here to view the Entergy outage map.


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