Entergy Arkansas to bring in 6,700 workers for ice storm

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - EntergyArkansas is mobilizing for a significant ice storm, with up to 5/8" of iceaccumulation, wet snow and possible wind gusts of 25 mph, that could affect allor parts of Entergy Arkansas service territory from Thursday into Sunday.

Based on previous storm computermodels and the weather tracking services used, this first winter weather eventof the season is capable of causing widespread and extended power outages.

"With a major storm that affects alarge area of our territory, power restoration for all customers could takebetween five to seven days to complete, with the majority of customers beingback in service much sooner than that," said Brady Aldy, Transmission and Distribution Operations Director for Entergy Arkansas, Inc. Entergy crews andcontractors are prepared to work long hours after the storm passes, restoringservice to customers as quickly and as safely as possible. "We are in contactwith other utilities in the region and have requested 6,700 workers who willbegin arriving in waves over the next few days, beginning tonight," Aldy added."That makes a total of 8,000 workers, including Entergy employees and our owncontractors, engaged in this effort."

"That's why we encourage ourcustomers to plan early - just like we do - and prepare for the possibility of beingout of service for an extended period," said Hugh McDonald, President and CEOof Entergy Arkansas, Inc.

"Before the storm front arrives, weurge customers to gather items for emergency preparedness kits, includingflashlights, a battery-powered radio with fresh batteries, spare batteries,canned food and a can opener, a supply of fresh water for several days and afirst-aid kit," said McDonald.

As customers make their plans, thecompany will keep them informed throughout about the response. They can download Entergy's free appfor their smartphone at They also can find pre-stormtips and other helpfulinformation at Entergy Storm Center.