LITTLE ROCK, Ark - About 140 Entergy Arkansas workers departed Saturday morning from Entergy service centers across the state to assist in power restoration following violent storms in the Eastern part of the United States.
The Arkansas workers are part of a group of lineman, tree trimmers, safety coordinators, support personnel and contractors from Entergy Arkansas, Entergy Mississippi, Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Texas. The Arkansas crews will spend the night near Nashville, Tennessee, then drive Sunday to their assigned locations.
Workers will plan to be deployed on restoration for a week, leaving enough personnel in the state to manage the needs of Arkansas customers.
"We always help our neighbors in trouble when we can," said Larry Shields, Operations Manager for Entergy Arkansas, Inc. "With nearly two million customers without power during the middle of a heat wave, we must focus on restoring power as quickly and as safely as possible."
Entergy Arkansas, Inc. provides electricity to more than 692,000 customers in 63 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.