SWEPCO Prepared To Help Nearby States In Ice Storm

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- Ice has already started to accumulate in neighboring states like Missouri and Oklahoma and at least one power company in the Northwest Arkansas area is prepared to send relief crews if they are needed.

Southwest Electric Power Company's (SWEPCO) Peter Main said there is a plan in place in case extra resources need to be dispatched. The company hasn't sent any crews yet, but they plan to keep close tabs on the storm as it moves through the area this weekend.

"We're going to be watching real carefully for the potential impact on our customers here, but we can also assist them from other parts of our company. It may be Southwest Arkansas, Northwest Louisiana, East Texas," Main said.

For SWEPCO customers who want to track and report outages, there's a new feature available for phones. Customers can logon online and sign up for texts and email alerts making it easier to report fallen trees and track when power is scheduled to be restored in their area.

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