LITTLE ROCK (Entergy) - As of noon Wednesday, Entergy Arkansas, Inc. is reporting 111,000 power outages as a result of a severe winter storm, particularly in the northern part of the state.
The largest numbers of outages, so far, are in the areas of:
Harrison - 19,203
Batesville - 12,161
Yellville - 9,067
Blytheville - 8,844
Mountain Home - 5,289
Walnut Ridge - 4,698
Monette - 4,691
Newport - 4,354
Bald Knob - 4,093
The rest are scattered around northern Arkansas.
There are 2,415 linemen, field support personnel and tree trimmers responding to the Entergy Arkansas outages. That number includes employees from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, as well as numerous contractors. Talks continue with additional resources as the ultimate requirement for workers becomes more clear.
Damage is extensive, every bit as devastating in some areas as the twin ice storms of December 2000. Entergy Arkansas' transmission network in north Arkansas suffered severe damage.
Restoration work is underway, including scouting the damage so that work can be planned in an efficient manner and so that the company can develop estimates as to when power will be restored to all customers. "Given what we know at this time, we expect it to take at least a week before all our customers are back in service, maybe longer," said Brady Aldy, director of distribution operations for Entergy Arkansas. "We'll have a more accurate estimate of restoration time after we complete all the damage assessment.".
Entergy Arkansas customers are reminded to stay away from downed power lines. Outages should be reported by calling 1-800-9OUTAGE. (1-800-968-8243)
A relatively new- and recently upgraded - online service is "View Outages." Anyone with Internet access can go to Entergy.com, click on "View Outages" and see where outages are occurring down to the street level.
Entergy Arkansas, Inc. provides electricity to almost 684,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and ret ail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plant s with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and approximately 14,500 employees.