After a weekend sans electrical power following straight-line winds late last week, Union County is finally back up and running completely.
Union County contributed 3,000 to the 43,000 statewide that lost power when three tornados hit Little Rock killing seven on Friday. The last 10 residents in Strong-Huttig received power around 6 p.m. Sunday after initially losing power at 3:15 a.m. Friday, said Bill Luther of Entergy.
Wendy Williamson of Calion expressed concern over the possibility of rotting food within 20 or so homes that didn’t have power for days.
“The company told us Friday it would be on by 6 p.m. (no show) then 8 p.m. (no show). A man came down Friday said it will be 2-3 days. This morning (Saturday) they are saying 6 p.m…. but we have heard that before,” Williamson wrote in an email. “Residents are loosing their food in refrigerators and freezers and with the economy like it is… some it will be difficult to replace the groceries that has been stockpiled.”
Luther explained that worsening wind Friday evening ultimately caused the additional failures.
“We were down to about 450 outages and then jumped up to 1,800 Friday evening,” he said.