Arkansas news channel THV11 is reporting that the state’s governor, Mike Beebe, has declared a state of emergency.
The declaration came in response to power outages within the state following an ice storm which has left many unable to travel to work or school.
The announcement applies to utility company work trucks and delivery trucks carrying repair materials.
The governor noted that the state of emergency would remain in effect until either February 18, 2014 or when emergency conditions have ended.
At 4:15 p.m. CT numerous power outages had been reported across Arkansas. Entergy Arkansas reported almost 42,000 failures, while First Electric Cooperative and Southwest Electric Power Co. had 2,500 and 3,750 respectively. Craigshead Electric Cooperative was also reporting several hundred failures.
By Nancy Schimelpfening