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    8:44 PM, Dec 21, 2012   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Many businesses on Kavanaugh Blvd. remain without power during the critical pre-Christmas time. The outage began Thursday after strong winds knocked over a large tree.

    Mobile generators salvage as much as possible for Hillcrest Artisan Meats. The past two days were supposed to be some of the best of the year, but Mother Nature had another plan, knocking out the power.

    "It was restored to part of the neighborhood, but we're on a different grid so our power didn't come back on," said Tara Protiva-Brown.

    The power outage hurt their bottom line. While generators can save product, they can't recover lost business.

    "Christmas is the busiest time for us, last year and this year so yesterday we got our largest shipment of meat in from all of our farms and purveyors so lot of product to think about," said Protiva-Brown.

    The owners estimate a loss between $3,000-4,000. Initially, Entergy estimated the Hillcrest area power would restored by Sunday, but officials said power could be restored Friday afternoon or evening.

    "We've had cases like this all over the state, hundreds of them and we just spread our resources, as many as we've got, kind of thin to get everything done," said David Lewis, Entergy Spokesman.

    Lewis said the widespread magnitude of the storm caused the company to bring in nearly 500 additional workers.

    "About 43,000 of our customers lost power state-wide...of those we have about 9300 remaining so we've made really good progress," said Lewis.

    For Hillcrest Artisan Meats, they wait and hope the power returns, to make a brighter Christmas, literally.

    "We have our register and our credit card machines hooked up and we have some refrigerators and freezers hooked up, so I think we'll probably go get another generator today if it's not back on," said Protiva-Brown.

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