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Winter Storms Blast Through Arkansas Again, Cutting Power to Thousands

Aired December 26, 2000 - 4:04 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: We have on the line now from Arkansas Teri Pfeiffer, a public information officer with Arkansas Emergency Management. Teri, I talked to your governor awhile ago and he said this is nasty business for Arkansas?

TERI PFEIFFER, ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: Yes, it's been very bad, very bad, especially coming two weeks after the last set of storms that we had that were winter storms.

WATERS: So you were just getting caught up or had you even caught up?

PFEIFFER: Well, we had different -- all the different counties that were affected. We had 43 counties affected the first time, and those counties were just getting on with their debris removal and finally getting the power back on to the -- to the utility customers, and now we have over a million utility customers without power again.

WATERS: And Governor Huckabee tells me that the National Guard has been called out. What is their function.

PFEIFFER: What the National Guard is doing is they have units that are patrolling I-40 from Fort Smith to West Memphis, which is all the way across the state and they're patrolling from I-30, which starts at Little Rock, to Texarkana and they're also patrolling Highway 67, 167 from Little Rock all the way north to the state line. And what they're doing is they're looking for stranded motorists and if they're found they're transported to the nearest shelter or open National Guard armory.

WATERS: Well, much good luck to you. I know this is a nasty business, but we'll look out for you. Teri Pfeiffer, a public information officer with the Arkansas Emergency Management.

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