Ice-covered Turrell to spend another night without power - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Ice-covered Turrell to spend another night without power

Posted: Updated:
  • Ice-covered Turrell to spend another night without powerMore>>

  • Get FOX13 Breaking News on your mobile device

    Get FOX13 Breaking News on your mobile device

    Friday, October 4 2013 3:43 PM EDT2013-10-04 19:43:45 GMT
    Get breaking news alerts on your mobile device direct from the FOX13 news desk. On average, you could get as many as three to five alerts on a busy day, as the news merits. Just fill out the form below
    Get breaking news alerts on your mobile device direct from the FOX13 news desk. On average, you could get as many as three to five alerts on a busy day, as the news merits. Just fill out the form below
TURRELL, Ark. (FOX13) -

Hundreds of residents in the small eastern Arkansas town of Turrell will spend another night without power.

Heavy icing on trees and powerlines that began Sunday has led to the closings of a school and businesses. Some residents of Turrell, 16 miles across the state line from Memphis, say the prospects of power being restored by the end of the week appear bleak.

MORE: Winter Weather Resource Guide

For residents of Turrell, there haven't been many bright spots in the last 14 years. Since 2000 they've seen a decline in their population from nearly 1,000 to just over 600. A government scandal in city hall led to a state investigation of the town's lost revenue.

As Ray Charles once sang, "If it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all."

Even in the Natural State, wintry conditions can combine to create some unnatural sites like a "Hitchcockian" scene in a field outside Turrell. But, while the birds obviously have the power of flight to escape the cold, residents in this poverty-ravaged community, have found themselves literally powerless to fend off the elements since an icestorm slammed the town of 600 on Sunday.

MORE: Rain, ice leave thousands without power in Tipton Co.

"Man, I come from the old school," said Preston Thomas, Turrell resident. "Ma, had them quilts, this thick, and two blankets and a three quilts on the bed. I got an aunt. She's 92 and that's were we've been, cause she ain't got no lights. But, she got gas. So, it's been kind of rough."

And rough could be considered an understatement given the icy devastation that dots the landscape all over town. From snapped and uprooted trees to downed powerlines, homes have become frozen fortresses where few people have dared to venture out of despite not having heat or lights.

The situation has become more complicated because the damage is so extensive any repairs will take time and money.

"We been have transformers blowing out," Thomas said. "Man, that sounds like somebody dropped an atomic bomb on you."

While FOX13 News was in town there was no sighting of utility trucks from Entergy in Turrell. However, down the road in hard-hit Marion, we spotted a half dozen trucks going from block to block working on tree-entangled downed power lines.

But, one Turrell resident said just because you see utility trucks doesn't guarantee the power will stay on.

"I seen four trucks came through yesterday," said Ralph Clay, Turrell resident. "That was it. I don't see no more."

"I lived out in the country. I used to tell people that mules had better barns than we had houses to live in," Thomas added. "So, if you don't know how to survive out of all this here? You won't make it."

But, spending another night without lights or heat? Well, that's not even a prospect the birds want to stick around for.

By he way the last big ice storm to hit Terrell was in 2000. Most residents were out of power for four days.

FOX13's Weather Team:

Wendy Nations: Facebook, Twitter

Joey Sulipeck: Facebook, Twitter

Brian Basham: Facebook, Twitter

Ed Echols: Facebook, Twitter

Click here to leave a comment on our Facebook page
Click here to comment on our Twitter

Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices