300,000 still without power in Arkansas as of Thursday night - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

300,000 still without power in Arkansas as of Thursday night

Nearly 300,000 Arkansas residents were still without power on Thursday night.

Energy crews are working around the clock to restore power as quickly as possible, but many families are forced to take shelter anywhere they can find it.

People in Osceola have been shivering since Tuesday when they first lost power.

A shelter there was unable to open until late Thursday afternoon because they, too, had lost power.

Thick ice on trees has caused limbs to touch the ground or collapse. Even the evergreens are encased in icicles.
"Right now, two thirds of the city is without power, said Parks Director B.J. McAfee.

Wendy Biggerstaff and her family now have a generator. They lost power on Tuesday, and spent Tuesday and Wednesday at a friend's home.

"I couldn't have stayed in my house because I have a 9-month-old and a three-year-old, a husband and two dogs," she said.

Now that Biggerstaff has the generator, her parents and 93-year-old grandfather are staying in her home.

Janice Jarvis says her power was restored at 3:00 on Thursday afternoon. "I heard this humming sound. I looked up...everything was flashing. It was neat."

Crews are working to restore power, but they say the problem isn't the usual one that surfaces in an ice storm, when power lines are down and trees fall on them. There seems to be a problem at the power station itself.

The shelter in Osceola still doesn't have beds and food, but it's warm and there are showers. 20 families showed up there on Thursday.

The power company is doing a test soon, and power could be restored to Osceola shortly.

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