RIVER VALLEY (KFSM) -- Power has been restored to more than 4,000 members of the Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative who were without power on Wednesday (Jan. 17). Dangerously low temperatures are to blame for the massive power outage.
According to the Arkansas Valley website, 4,313 out of 12,898 members were affected by the outage, over one-third of customers in Crawford County.
Power was out around the Cedarville, Alma and Rudy areas.
Reports of the outages began around 6:30 a.m.
Electricity was back on for all but 592 members by about 8:45 a.m. Power was restored to everyone in the area at about 11:45 a.m.
Ruthie Fisher was one of the last people to get power restored, but she had a wood stove to keep her and her four Yorkie's warm.
"If I didn't have the wood heat, then I'd be in a mess," she said.
Arkansas Valley Electric attributes the outage to the cold temperatures causing an imbalance at two electrical substations.
Another 235 members were without power in Sebastian County, in the White Bluff area south of Fort Smith.
They also had their power restored around the same time as those in Crawford County.