Utility requests 500 additional workers to support in storm response
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Entergy Arkansas, Inc. crews are standing by, prepared to take immediate action should a forecasted winter storm Sunday night cause damage to the electrical system.
Forecasts call for up to 3/8-inch accumulation of ice. Depending on whether the ice sticks to trees and power lines, 3/8-inch is the amount at which damage to the electrical system becomes likely. Colder weather and more moisture than predicted would make things worse.
Entergy workers have laid in supplies, topped off fuel tanks and, in some cases, packed to be on the road for several days.
In addition to the Entergy Arkansas linemen, base load contractors and support staff, the company has requested 500 workers from sister companies and contractors to arrive in Arkansas Sunday evening. The degree to which that extra help will be deployed will be determined as the extent of the threat of the storm becomes clearer.
“We hope there aren’t any outages, but if there are, the plan is to have more than 1,000 workers mobilized and ready to respond,” said Brady Aldy, vice president of customer service for Entergy Arkansas. “If we experience a lot of damage, fortunately, we have a great deal of experience restoring power as safely and quickly as possible, and we want to assure everyone that we will do just that.”
Where to get info
Customers are encouraged to download Entergy’s mobile app at http://entergyapp.com/ to access outage maps and information. In addition, storm-preparedness tips and online services are available to customers through “Entergy Storm Center,” “myAccount” and “View Outages.” Through myAccount, customers can sign up to send and receive text information about power outages at their homes and businesses through their cellphones. Registration is easy.
Please be mindful of the following:
Stay Comfy, Save Money
Entergy Arkansas offers these tips to help our customers battle winter’s chill while still keeping a lid on energy bills:
Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $12 billion and approximately 13,000 employees.
More information is available on Entergy’s website at entergy-arkansas.com