JONESBORO — Power outages were not reported at detention centers in Craighead and Poinsett counties, officials said Tuesday.
The county jails in Jonesboro and Harrisburg are equipped with generators. All of the state’s utilities were urging residents to conserve during the winter storms, even initiating blackouts to relieve the strain on certain substations.
“Sometimes when the power is out we may have a problem with the generator. … We haven’t been without power here for any length of time,” Craighead County Chief Deputy Justin Rolland said.
According to the National Weather Service, Jonesboro had a record low temperature Monday of 5 degrees. The Memphis station’s winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday with “heavy snow expected (with) total snow accumulation of 4 to 6 inches” in Northeast Arkansas.
Poinsett County Sheriff Kevin Molder said his deputies are “staying a little busy with all this bad weather.”
“We haven’t had a lot of accidents per se but we just had a lot of people running off the road and getting stuck in the snow. It’s so deep,” Molder said.
Staff has remained in tact in Craighead County, but its call volume has ballooned, Rolland said.
“Accidents and things like that increase but that’s about it,” he said.
No deputies have been injured on duty, the law enforcement agents told The Sun. They advised Northeast Arkansans to take it easy on the roads.
“Check on your neighbors and stay in if you can,” Rolland said.
NWS Memphis noted in a weather message that travel could be “very difficult to impossible.”
“If you must travel, keep extra blankets, food, water and a flashlight in your vehicle in case of an emergency,” it read.
The Sun‘s effort to reach Greene County Sheriff Steve Franks was unsuccessful.