Power Crews Battle More than 10,000 Outages in Region 8

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Monday night/Tuesday morning proved to be more than some power lines could handle, but Tuesday night/Wednesday morning could be the breaking point for many others.

When power lines are damaged by ice, trees or other obstructions, getting power restored may be the priority, but it isn't the first step. Electric company crews must wait for debris to be cleared before restoring power.

That delay can feel like an eternity to someone sitting in the cold.

Craighead Electric Coop employee Phillip Gay says the first step in restoring power is taking out of the equation what caused the outage, such as a downed tree or fallen tree branch. Only then can the "On" switch be flipped again.

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