FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - While things are bad in Arkansas towns, they can be even worse in more sparsely populated areas.
In Faulkner County, people are traveling a long way for supplies. The only gas station open near Mayflower is about ten miles away, and that Valero had been going non-stop all day long.
Residents have traveled through the ice and snow to fill up their vehicles and generators, and most people at the pumps had at least four to five gas cans with them to help get through the night. Many lost power almost 24 hours ago and are still waiting for a restoration.
"We got an 80-year-old mother that's real sick, and that's the first thing we're trying to do is try to keep her warm so we don't have to take her to the hospital," said Michael Wolfe. He and his wife lost power around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Cheryl Brannon, owner of the H&B Tru Value said a lot people came in to get propane as well to both heat their homes and cook food.
"We have 15 percent left in our tanks, and we started with 30 percent this morning. And, we're also out of little propane tanks for small heaters. We're out of that," added Brannon.
Another popular item at the shop was sleds.
People in this area could wait several more days until power is restored.
The Faulkner County 911 Center said Mayflower is the hardest hit area in the county with down trees and power lines, making it very difficult to restore power.