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Entergy crews working to assess damage, restore power following winter storm

by Matthew Hutcheson | February 3, 2023 at 12:00 a.m.
Icy conditions caused damage and power outages throughout Union County particularly due to falling limbs damaging power lines. According to Entergy, a peak of 3,800 customers did not have power at 10:45 a.m. Thursday morning. (Penny Chanler/Special to the News-Times)

Cold and rainy conditions continued Thursday in Union County and throughout south Arkansas.

A report from Entergy Arkansas customer service manager Chris Wasson late Thursday afternoon indicated that crews were busy attempting to restore power to customers affected by the storm throughout the county.

Wasson said a peak of 3,800 customers in the "El Dorado area" experienced outages at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday morning.

"Damage has been largely due to ice accumulating on trees and causing those trees and limbs to fall on our facilities," Wasson wrote. Entergy responded, he added, by sending "over 75 additional resources to assist" in the area with restoration and repair work.

At 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon, around 2,277 Entergy users had their power restored with around 1,523 outages remaining. West El Dorado, Lisbon, Norphlet and locations "just north of Louann" experienced the most substantial damage from the winter storm, according to Wasson.

Damage surveys are ongoing; Wasson said approximately 20% of damage in the area has been assessed so far with assessment expected to be finished by noon on Saturday.

Camden and Magnolia saw similar outage numbers as of Thursday morning, with peak outage numbers of 3,500 and 3,200 respectively.

The week of winter precipitation is finally expected to come to an end today, according to the National Weather Service in Shreveport's forecast. Today's weather is expected to be cloudy with a high of 47 degrees and a north wind of five to 15 MPH; Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 52.

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