Little Rock's response to the ice storm

    2:50 PM, Dec 29, 2012   |    comments
    Snow storm damage in Little Rock. (Photo Taken: Dec. 27, 2012)
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (City of Little Rock) The City of Little Rock is providing the following information in response to the recent ice storm. City staff continues to work around the clock to address all of the issue caused by this storm and will continue to do so until the City returns to normal.

    Entergy reports that as of 11:00 PM on Friday (12/28), there were about 38,212 meters that still did not have power to them. Energy reports that 100% of electrical circuits should be operational today and their staff will begin to focus on lateral transmission lines. As the lateral transmission lines are repaired, Entergy crews can begin working on individual connections to homes.

    Entergy reports that all the damage assessment is complete and crews are also now able to identify isolated problem areas.

    Entergy asks that if you do not have power and have not called the 1-900-OUTAGE number, you are encouraged to do so.

    Entergy reports that there are a little over 1,000 linemen working in the Little Rock area, being supported by little over 500 utility trucks. In addition to these resources, there are approximately 500 tree and vegetation removal crews working in the area.

    Entergy opened a Customer Information Center at 900 Louisiana Street this morning (Saturday, 12/29). Entergy Staff will be on hand to visit with individuals that have been, and continue to be affected by power outages. The center will remain open until the majority of the power is restored to the Little Rock area.

    City public works crews are now focusing on clearing residential streets of snow and ice. Salt crews will continue to salt streets that have an accumulation of ice and snow and as the temperatures warms, crews will move to the day shift to assist with the removal of trees, limbs & brush. Staff is aware of at least 300 locations with limbs and trees in the right-of-way. If you are aware of any tree or storm debris in the right-of-way, please call 311 and report the location.

    The City's 311 Center will operate seven days a week, from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM until the City's power is restored and the storm debris is removed from the right-of-way.

    If residents have storm debris in their yard and can move it to the curb, Public Works will waive any requirements that the limbs be a certain length or width. City staff will pick up and remove all storm debris.

    The City's Solid Waste crews continue to pick up residential trash and will assign extra staff to each truck to pick up residential trash that is placed on the curb, if the trash cart is too full. Solid waste crews expect all routes to be caught up by Saturday, December 29th. Solid Waste crews will run Monday's routes on Monday. With January 1, being a holiday, Solid Waste crews will operate on the holiday pick-up schedule next week. With the exception of Monday, all routes will be run one day late.

    Waste Management began collecting the Thursday recycling routes on Friday (12/28) and is running the Thursday, Friday and Wednesday routes this weekend.

    The Little Rock Fire Department reports that there was one structure fire on Friday (12/28); however, there were no injuries.

    The Little Rock Police Department reports that all shifts are fully operational and that the city is being served as it would under normal conditions.

    The City's Planning Department will waive the cost of reconnection fees and inspection fees for any meters that were damaged due to the ice storm. A Master Electrician needs to obtain the permit on behalf of the individual needing the work completed.

    The City has dedicated the Southwest Community Center, located at 6401 Baseline Road, as a warming center. It will be in operation today (12/27) from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM and from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. The Center will operate through January 1, 2013, or until it has been determined that a majority of the City's power has been restored.

    The City has dedicated the Dunbar Community Center, located at 1001 West 16th, as a warming center and overnight shelter. It will be equipped with cots, food and essentials. Individuals are encouraged to bring their own bedding, cell phone chargers, snacks, entertainment, etc. This Center will also operate through January 1, 2013, or until it has been determined that a majority of the City's power has been restored. The number for the Dunbar Community Center is 376-1084.

    Upon individual assessment of need, the Little Rock Fire Department will provide transportation for the elderly and disabled to the shelter or other locations for shelter.

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