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500 Extra Workers Brought in to Help with another Round of Harsh Weather

JACKSON, Miss.- Another round of ice, sleet, freezing rain and snow is on its way and Entergy is getting prepared.

Forecasts call for up to 1/2-inch accumulation of ice from Tunica down to north of Cleveland, and up to ¼-inch of ice from Greenville over to Grenada. Thunderstorms and freezing rain are expected in central Mississippi and Entergy’s southern Mississippi service area, with slick and icy roads statewide on Thursday.

“Our workers are mobilized, ready to respond and prepared to restore power as quickly and safely as possible should we have a lot of damage,” said Robbin Jeter, Entergy Mississippi vice president of customer service. “Hopefully, we won’t.”

Entergy workers have laid in supplies, topped off fuel tanks and, in some cases, packed to be on the road for several days.

In addition to the Entergy Mississippi linemen and support staff, the company has requested 400 contracted linemen and vegetation workers, and about 100 scouts to arrive in areas expected to be hit Wednesday evening. Scouts are the first out after a storm—they assess the damage and note what type of equipment and how many workers will be required to restore an outage. After they make their assessment, repair crews are dispatched to the affected area.

Remember to stay off the roads if at all possible. If you have to drive, slow it down and leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you.

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