Arkansans Afraid and Frustrated with Crippling Power Outages

(Forrest City, AR) The latest cold snap to hit the area is to blame for wiping out power lines and forcing thousands in Eastern Arkansas to spend the day in their cars, just to keep warm.

Utility poles and trees are tangled in ice-covered power lines all over eastern Arkansas.

The small mazes are causing a huge mess in Forrest City where several thousand people spent the morning in the dark and cold.

Wednesday, a News Channel 3 drove down a street without any problems. 20 minutes later, that street was partially blocked because of a tree that crashed down

At the Super Mart on Washington, owner Nazzeeh Asad opened two hours early Wednesday, but not to cash in on business.

He came in early to escape his heat less home.

“What was it like to try to sleep last night in the cold?” asked WREG’s Elise Preston.

“Terrible, I couldn’t sleep. I would sleep for maybe 10 to 15 minutes at a time before I would wake up,” replied Asad.

Tanya Lockhart didn’t sleep well either.

She’s worried about her family’s safety in the freezing temperatures.

Lockahart lives with her two kids and a mom who’s sick with breathing problems, “I was up with her through the night to make sure she was OK.”

Huddling together, the family of four got through the night by candlelight.

“You seem stressed right now,” said WREG’s Elise Preston.

“Yeah, I almost froze and I slept with a cover and my clothes on and it’s not doing any good,” said Lockhart.

Now, the family will spend their time at a family members house where there’s still power.

Lockhart says an Entergy power automatic phone call reported it maybe three days until the heat is back on in her home.

“That’s too long too long they need to get some heat,” said Lockhart.

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