ENTERGY, CONWAY CORP. ADD MANPOWER
Power companies are preparing for the winter storm and the possible outages it may bring with it.
Julie Munsell, Entergy Arkansas spokesperson, said the company was sending additional people in case the weather caused outages.
"A thousand people are ready to respond — including our own linemen — based on the predicted ice and snow fall," she said.
She said that along with the National Weather Service forecast, Entergy uses a damage forecast model to indicate which areas in the state may be hardest hit and sends workers to those areas in advance.
"Once the storm has moved through, travel can be restricted," Munsell said. "You want them to be as close as possible to the potential damage."
She said a half inch of ice can add 500 pounds to a power line.
"A quarter to a half inch of ice can cause destruction," she said. "Wet and heavy snow is another complication."
Locally, Conway Corporation is preparing by ensuring all trucks are fueled up and making chains available for the Conway Corp. vehicles if needed.
Chief Operating Officer Tommy Shackelford said employees are coming in early on Wednesday.
"They know when bad weather is here, they can be called at any time," he said.
Shackelford said Conway Corp. prepares year-round for bad weather by keeping trees trimmed to help prevent outages when possible.
He said any customer who experiences a power outage, should report it immediately. Conway Corp. customers can report a outage at conwaycorp.com or by calling 501-450-6000.
Visit the storm center link on entergyarkansas.com to view frequently asked questions, sign up for text alerts or watch a video explaining the process of repairing outages.