(Mississippi County, AR) Folks in east Arkansas are getting hit again by winter weather.
A second round of freezing rain moved across the state Tuesday morning as people were trying to recover from the winter storm that hit Sunday evening.
In Mississippi County, schools closed early Tuesday and some small towns are without electricity.
In Luxora, Ark., Diane Brown’s work day came to a halt Tuesday morning around 11:30.
That’s when the weather took a turn for worse and the lights went out at Big Daddy and Ms. Sandra’s Salvage Grocery, where she works.
“It flickered a few times then it just went out. We heard all these booms and everything, So I’m sure it was the transformers or something,” said Brown.
But Diane Brown wasn’t alone in the dark. Most of the small Mississippi County town of Luxora lost power after ice-covered tree limbs sent utility lines crashing down.
One of the giant limbs landed a little too close for comfort.
“I was seeing limbs falling down out of the tree that’s right there in front of the store. So, they came crashing down a while ago,” said Brown.
Luxora Elementary school closed at noon, along with other schools in southern Mississippi County.
Since Sunday night, utility crews have been playing catch-up, replacing downed power poles and lines and trying to keep Entergy customers on the grid.
Conditions on the roads varied Tuesday from icy to flooded.
And because it hadn’t stopped raining, highway crews were unable to treat the roads.
“Because anything they put down is going to be washed off before it has time to be effective,” said Mississippi County EMA Director Joseph Richmond.
Richmond said his biggest concern is what effect freezing rain will have on already ice-covered trees and power lines and he expects more will come crashing down.
“It’s wait and watch. It’s frustrating, but it seems to be all you can do at this point,” said Richmond.
But Diane Brown didn’t have to wait very long at all before her work day came to an end.
“We’re opened from nine o’clock in the morning till nine o’clock at night…but you can’t very well do it in the dark,” said Brown.
Additional utility crews with Entergy are heading to Arkansas to handle power outages, which are expected to be heavy.
If you live in Arkansas and need to report a downed power line or a power outage, you should call Entergy at 1-800-368-3749.