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Entergy Arkansas Work Crews Continuing to Restore Power Due to Easter Sunday Storms

04/13/2020

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Scenes like this one in Pine Bluff may be found throughout the southern half of Arkansas following Easter Sunday storms. Photo by Anthony Holmes.
Scenes like this one in Pine Bluff may be found throughout the southern half of Arkansas following Easter Sunday storms. Photo by Anthony Holmes.
Scenes like this one in Pine Bluff may be found throughout the southern half of Arkansas following Easter Sunday storms. Photo by Anthony Holmes.
Scenes like this one in Pine Bluff may be found throughout the southern half of Arkansas following Easter Sunday storms. Photo by Anthony Holmes.

Violent winds and thunderstorms Easter Sunday caused some 128,000 customer outages across the Entergy Arkansas service territory, with damage that could take multiple days to repair. The number of outages was down to 117,381 by mid-morning Monday, with priority given to hospitals, water treatment plants, police and fire stations and communication systems. The damage is widespread and significant, with substations and transmission lines out of service due to the storms.

“This was a significant storm event. Early assessments for some areas reveal damage comparable to the back-to-back ice storms in December of 2000,” said Laura Landreaux, president and CEO of Entergy Arkansas. “We fully understand the hardship that being without electricity will be for our customers who lost power, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have a well-practiced plan for recovering from events like this, and execution of that plan began several days ago as we monitored the threatening weather forecasts and began positioning resources to respond after the storm passed.”

Customers should refrain from approaching utility workers, especially during the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. Interruptions will slow workers’ progress under normal conditions, but the health and safety of both Entergy Arkansas employees and customers can be put in jeopardy with close contact.

Landreaux said, “It’s too early to say how long it will take to rebuild what has been damaged, but please be assured that we will communicate what we know when we know it and we will dedicate all the resources at our disposal to getting everyone’s power back on as quickly as is safely possible. The safety of our customers and our workers is always the top priority.

“This storm recovery will be especially challenging because our workers are practicing social distancing to avoid contracting and spreading COVID-19. The necessary variations to our normal processes may cause restoration to take longer than it would without the complications caused by the pandemic,” she added. “With that in mind, please do not approach our workers in the field. This is dangerous for both them and our customers. Thank you for your support. We will get through this together.”

For customers who lose power, there are several things they should do to ensure their structures are ready to be re-connected to the grid.

  • Check outside and around structures for damage to electrical equipment.
  • If the meter or any of the conduit and wires on the outside wall are missing or look damaged, call an electrician to make repairs.
  • Entergy Storm Center has information on how to spot damages.

As we complete our assessment and begin restoration, we will keep our communities informed using the following channels:

  • Download our app for your smartphone at http://entergy.com/app.
  • Sign up for text alerts. From your cellphone, text R-E-G to 368374.
  • Visit the Entergy Storm Center website and our View Outages
  • Follow us on Twitter.com/entergyark or Facebook.com/entergyark.
  • Call us at 800-9OUTAGE (800-968-8243).
  • Follow updates in your local news media, including radio, television and newspapers.

Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR), 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 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of $11 billion and approximately 13,600 employees.

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