Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas reports major infrastructure damage

LITTLE ROCK - The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas had approximately 3,600 outages as of Thursday morning. The majority of the outages remain at Craighead Electric Cooperative of Jonesboro and Woodruff Electric Cooperative of Forrest City.

More than 200 line workers and support staff are working on the remaining outages in Craighead Electric's service territory. The outages continue to be scattered in eastern Craighead, eastern Poinsett and Crittenden counties. Crews will continue working in Monette, Caraway, Rivervale, Lepanto, Trumann, south of Marked Tree, Tulot and Payneway.

The cooperative suffered major infrastructure damage in these areas with more than 50 poles broken or severely damaged.

Woodruff's outages are concentrated along Crowley's Ridge. Additional contract and cooperative crews are on site and hope to make significant progress today.

Collectively, the state's 17 electric cooperatives peak outage count was 18,000 during this round of winter weather.