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Thousands Still Without Power After Ice Storms Last WeekAired December 20, 2000 - 2:50 p.m. ET
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JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: Ice storms swept through Arkansas last week, causing blackouts all throughout the state. When it was over, more than 300,000 homes and businesses were left without power. But that was seven days ago. Now imagine this -- last night, 10,000 people were still without lights or heat, including 78-year-old Jean Martin who is a resident of Little Rock. She joins us now by telephone.
Jean, I guess you have telephone, but do you have power, lights, anything else?
JEAN MARTIN, LITTLE ROCK RESIDENT: We were out from a week ago on Wednesday morning at 10 to Tuesday yesterday at noon time. We're in good shape right now.
CHEN: OK, well, I'm glad to head that, but what happen when the power went out? What were you doing?
MARTIN: I was in the kitchen starting my Christmas goodies and I was baking my kid's favorite cookies and I had just one batch out and I had the other ones all decorated and ready to go in the oven, and off it went. And we expected to come on most anytime, and it didn't.
CHEN: So, what happened to the dough?
MARTIN: Well, it's the kind you refrigerate overnight anyway in order to roll it out, so I just rolled it in different little balls and put in Saran wrap and we had to use the ice chest for things that were in our refrigerator and I kept the dough in there for a whole week.
CHEN: All right, so you think it was OK, though?
MARTIN: Oh, yes.
CHEN: You're not worried about it?
CHEN: So, what did do you for this whole week without power? Did you go out? Did you stay in? MARTIN: Well, for three days we just had to stay at home because our house is on a little incline and our driveway always gets iced over and this was ice, not snow. And we just don't go out when there's ice like that. So, we stayed put, and we put on the warmest clothes we could find, even a toboggan for me, and we wore gloves and we pulled a blanket up over our heads sometimes, my husband and I both.
CHEN: It's just the two of you at home?
MARTIN: Yes, just the two of us.
CHEN: Now, did you have any way of knowing if anybody was going to come and help you? I mean, Could you call out?
MARTIN: Oh, no, you would call and call and the lines were busy all of the time. But finally, you could get through. But we stayed here only three days and three nights, which was bad. I've never seen such an ice storm here. And then we went to my brother-in-law's house. He had electricity. His was off for couple days then he got it back so we went over there and stayed then we can get out and go so we did eat our meals out but the first three days was when it was real rough.
CHEN: I bet it was. Well, Jean, we're glad that it worked out for you. Jean Martin from Little Rock, Arkansas. Glad, now, to be out of the worst of it. Thanks very much for being with us.
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