Some Arkansans May Be Without Power Until Late Wednesday From Storm

May 26, 2015

Cash Jiles works with an Entergy Arkansas crew in southwest Little Rock Tuesday. He's one of hundreds of linemen working to restore electricity after Monday's storm.
Credit Entergy Arkansas

As of mid-afternoon Tuesday, 9,000 Arkansans were still without power after strong winds brought down trees and power lines throughout the state.

At its peak late Monday, more than 29,000 Entergy Arkansas customers were without power. Spokeswoman Sally Graham says all electricity should be restored by Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, levels on the Arkansas River are expected to continuing rising throughout the week, as water from heavy rainfall makes its way down the river.

Some homes in western Arkansas have been threatened by rising water, and authorities say the river may exceed flood levels in Little Rock by Friday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported levels were already above flood stage at most monitoring locations in the state.

Krista Guthrie, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, says the storms that dumped a lot of water on states in the region Monday exacerbated the situation.

"It’s a little worse because our neighbors have also been getting a lot of water and to relieve some of their flooding they have to send it down river so it compounds upon itself and it makes it harder for us to release some of our water because that would just raise it a little too high. It would more dangerous," Guthrie said.

The department is also urging people to be cautious or avoid getting out on smaller waterways that are moving very quickly and are full of debris.

"We’ve had several instances where people went out on smaller rivers that don’t necessarily get a public small craft advisory and we’ve had search and rescues result from that kind of behavior. So even the small rivers and streams are really dangerous right now and people need to be careful."

Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report.