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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Don't forget to thank a lineman or a first responder

  • If you are nice and warm following Sunday's winter storm thank an Entergy or Woodruff Electric lineman. If you were pulled out of a structure crushed by a fallen tree or power line, or if you had to be transported to the local hospital for treatment then thank our first responders including our firefighters, police, EMTs and ambulance drivers.
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  • If you are nice and warm following Sunday’s winter storm thank an Entergy or Woodruff Electric lineman. If you were pulled out of a structure crushed by a fallen tree or power line, or if you had to be transported to the local hospital for treatment then thank our first responders including our firefighters, police, EMTs and ambulance drivers.
    For most Phillips County residents late Sunday evening and early Monday morning were a miserable 24 hours. Until there is a power outage people simply take electricity for granted. Since, I can’t drive on the slippery highways, I’ll simply sit back and watch a little TV. Oops! Can’t do that. Perhaps, I’ll take a nice hot shower and then shave. Can’t do that either, because there’s no hot water and I’m sure not going to take a cold shower.
    As the hours tick away, the warmth of the house begins to dissipate. As it gradually gets colder and colder you begin adding layer after layer of clothing and wrapping yourself up in spare blankets. It helps a little but you start to feel like you are in some type of bondage. It becomes miserable to get up from the couch to go to the kitchen to get something to eat. That trip also becomes disheartening because you realize that you cannot fix anything hot to eat.
    In my case I began to worry about my grandchildren and particularly my 3-month old grandson though I knew he was in the excellent hands and tender loving care of his devoted mother. That fear was alleviated when Christina notified her worrywart parents that electricity had been restored in that part of the county.
    While I was expending my thoughts on just how miserable I was, I began to think about those electric company workers that had to be out in the frigid temperatures for as long as a 16-hour stretch. There was no time for them to think about their immediate discomfort when they had thousands of other people to worry about.
    Once upon a time I thought I preferred the winter months anytime to the long, hot summers of the steamy Delta. I am not quite so sure anymore. Recently, winters in this region have been fairly mild. Until this past weekend, there hasn’t been a major power outage during the cold winter months since 1994 – 20 years. In the meantime, summers have been sultry with temperatures reaching the 100-degree mark on numerous occasions.
    With a power outage in the summertime you can find some comfort under a shade tree or maybe even drive to another area and shop in the friendly confines of an air-conditioned shopping center. Old Man Winter has a way of curtailing transportation at least for a time.
    Page 2 of 2 - Overall, compared to the rest of the nation and state, Helena-West Helena and Phillips County have had it relatively easy. In his infinite wisdom, it seems that the Good Lord knows that we have enough problems here without the wrath of Mother Nature’s fury slapping us.
    I think I’ll end my ramblings here by explaining that it was not my intention here to complain about the weather or power outages that no one has any control over. In reality it is a sincere thank you note to the men and women who work tirelessly to help restore power and help those in need when emergencies arise.
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