About 3100 Entergy Arkansas employees and outside workers are engaged in restoring power. Line crews continue to battle the aftermath of an ice storm that caused widespread damage in the Entergy Arkansas service territory. For some customers, Tuesday’s storm was the second winter storm in as many days. Line crews are replacing 600 spans of wire and hundreds of broken poles, each requiring a four-man crew about four hours to complete.

As of 7 p.m., outages statewide were down to 20,000 from a peak of 48,000. About 40 percent were restored in the first 24 hours of the event.

The hardest-hit areas include: Garland County, with 2,450 outages remaining, Conway County with 2,800 customers out of service, and Crittenden County with 4,100 outages. While most service will be restored by Friday, some customers will be without power until Saturday.

“We understand how uncomfortable it is to be without power in the cold, and we want everyone to know we have thousands of people on the ground working case by case to get the lights back on,” said Brady Aldy, vice president, customer service for Entergy Arkansas. “But there’s a lot of damage, and these things take time.” Aldy added.