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Arkadelphia preps for weekend winter weather
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ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) -- Nobody wants to work on the weekends, but that might be the scene in South Arkansas.

The operations crew with South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative is preparing for snow and ice to strike Clark County.

"We are expecting the worst, praying for best," says Randy Duncan, operations manager for South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative. "We have one forecast that is calling for a half inch of ice and everyone else is saying rain, sleet and snow."

Two days away from that forecast, linemen have been replacing power lines.

"Where the ice load gets so heavy, the tree limbs break and the tree will actually uproot and lay over the lines," says Duncan.

Even the office staff is on call this weekend to dispatch help to any damaged areas.

"We are prepared if we have large scale outages to bring in outside contractors for the restoration," says Duncan.

Business at Garners Tire and Auto picked up slightly
"We've been busy. A lot of folks want to get tires checked and get prepared for the winter, bad weather," says Wendall Garner, owner.   

Some residents are preparing to be trapped in their homes.

"I have already been to the grocery store to try not to fight crowds," says Amanda Fenocchi, a resident. 

The last severe winter storm in the area was Christmas of 1999.

"We normally we look at two to three hours for normal restoration from a normal outage.  But if you have an ice storm or snow storm, you have broken poles, you could look at several days because many outage," says Duncan.

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