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Tens of Thousands Head Into Weekend Without Power

In areas of southern Missouri and northwest Arkansas, many homes and businesses still remain without electricity after this week’s ice storm. KSMU's Brett Moser reports.

Doug White, the spokesperson for the Electric Co-Ops of Arkansas, says as of 3:00 this afternoon, around 60,000 customers in the northwest region were still without power.

White says work crews have made significant progress in areas such as Fayetteville and Barryville. He attributes the progress to improved weather conditions and fewer obstacles, such as falling tree limbs. White says he’s optimistic, but that the work is far from over.

He adds that it might take crews longer to get to heavily wooded or isolated areas without power.

In West Plains, Missouri, the First United Methodist Church is providing a safe haven as a temporary American Red Cross shelter. Associate Pastor Todd Holman says over 20 individuals are currently staying at the church, many of them families with small children. He says it’s still unclear how long the shelter will remain open.

The First United Methodist Church is located at 503 West Main Street in West Plains.

For KSMU News, I’m Brett Moser.