Power outage: Schools close after damage to electric poles

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
An Entergy lineman walks back toward his truck Monday morning after utility workers made temporary repairs to one of four poles taken down in accident that occurred about 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
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The Berryville School District had a virtual learning day with all campuses closed Monday, Nov. 2, after a traffic accident caused a power outage that lasted nearly a full day in some parts of town.

Entergy representative Brandi Hinkle said a vehicle accident damaged four power poles a little after 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. The power outage impacted 1,007 customers, Hinkle said. As of Monday morning, Hinkle said, power was restored to most customers. Hinkle said Monday afternoon that power was restored for everyone.

Superintendent Owen Powell said the school district pivoted to a virtual day once it became clear power wouldn’t be restored by Monday morning. Powell said the district decided to shut down at 5:30 a.m. Monday.

“The students are working online on their Chromebooks,” Powell said. “There are a few elementary students that don’t have Chromebooks checked out yet, so those students are communicating with the teacher.”

Elementary school students who did not have their Chromebooks were told to read a book, make up 15 math problems to solve and write a story about a time they were helpful to someone, Powell said.

“I know Entergy has been on it, working hard to get our power on,” Powell said.

Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney said City Hall was not affected by the outage.

Hinkle encouraged citizens to stay away from any downed poles or power lines. If crews aren’t already working on the site, Hinkle said, citizens should call 1-800-OUTAGE to report the damage.

For more information about outages, visit www.Entergy.com under “View Outages.”

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