Entergy Arkansas Repairing Tornado Damage, May Be Awhile

Apr 30, 2014

Entergy Arkansas is facing some challenges in repairing damage to its infustructure from the tornado that hit the state earlier this week.

Spokesman David Lewis said it will take some time for the utility to rebuild, especially in parts of hard him Faulkner County.

“In a concentrated damaged area like with a tornado, you can actually fit only so many workers at one time. So we saturate the area with as many as we can put in.”

Lewis said poles were snapped, transmission lines were downed and distribution equipment were greatly damaged by Sunday’s tornado.

“On one hand, (it's) just another blow from nature that we're accustomed to dealing with. On the other hand they are their own kind of problems. They're very concentrated and the destruction is severe where it hits.”

He said there are currently 670 linemen working to restore power and repair the damage in the Mayflower, Vilonia, and Ferndale areas. 

Lewis reminds the public to stay away from downed power lines.