Jonesboro, AR. —Following the winter weather that entered Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation’s service territory on Feb. 23, 2022, the organization reported approximately 1,200 members without power. The outages are attributed to an accumulation of ice on power lines and poles.
The bulk of Craighead Electric’s damage was primarily in Crittenden County. With the help of the Cooperative’s transmission and wholesale provider, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation, ice was removed from switches located within the Earle substation.
Alongside the damage in Crittenden County, Craighead Electric has received reports of scattered outages in Poinsett, Greene and Craighead Counties as a second front moved into the area. Throughout the afternoon, ice has begun to fall from the power lines which has caused a spike in outages to approximately 1,700 members. Crews are working into the evening to restore electricity to all affected members.
“Craighead Electric is working as safely and quickly as possible to repair and rebuild the damage caused to our infrastructure following the weather,” stated Jeremiah Sloan, the incumbent CEO. “Our primary focus is to restore power while keeping our members and staff safe as the weather subsides.”
Craighead Electric Cooperative serves approximately 31,000 members in eight counties in Northeast Arkansas. Incorporated in 1937, the cooperative operates offices in Jonesboro, Walnut Ridge and Paragould. The locally owned and managed organization has 108 employees. The cooperative’s wholly owned subsidiary, empower, has 30 employees and serves just over 12,000 internet subscribers.