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Out-of-state crews lend hand to restore Ark. power

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Even though many areas didn't see huge flooding, it is a good thing that we were prepared today.

Even at THV we took cautionary measures and brought in extra crews to cover Isaac. Michael Wooten with our sister station in Buffalo, New York WGRZ joined us Friday to tell a story about another group who was prepared with thousands of workers.

Power crews from out-of-state are here in Arkansas to help local workers restore electricity. As we found out today, they're making steady progress dealing with the biggest impact Isaac made here.

The impact being that the storm cut power to thousands of homes.

"It wasn't the biggest storm we've seen," says Little Rock man Porter Briggs.

"I suspect it was a huge gust that knocked this tree over. It looks like a healthy tree," says Briggs as he examines a seemingly healthy oak tree.

It was an oak tree that toppled like a toothpick. And with it came not only power lines, but also a pole a block away. Add it up, and it knocked out power to a big section of the Heights community in Little Rock.

Entergy spokesperson David Lewis says this scene is common throughout the city and state, especially in the south.

"When you have a high wind storm like we saw, usually the outages are caused by trees and limbs falling on power lines like we have here," says Lewis.

Across Arkansas, Entergy says 16,000 homes were in the dark at the height of the storm. As of Friday evening, about 7,000 remain without power.

But Entergy hopes to have nearly everyone back online by tonight. That can't come soon enough for those watching and waiting... In the heat.

One of the misconceptions in the Heights and across the area is that local power crews left the state and traveled to Louisiana to help out. Entergy officials, however, say that all the Arkansas power crews stayed here in anticipation of the cleanup.