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Ice was still a major problem on many roadways this morning including I-40 in Tennessee and I-40 and I-55 in Arkansas.

That's not the only problem. Thousands still don't have power this morning.

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MLGW crews say they've been pulling 16 hour shifts. Sherry Reed said, "I was just praising God! I'm so grateful that they're here and that we're going to get the power restored."

Mark Brewer said, "It makes us feel good you know to get people on that's what we're here for."

It could be days before the power is back on for everyone and that's even with the extra crews from Alabama, Missouri, and Indiana. At one point there were 58,000 reported outages, this morning that number is below 14,000.   

If you need to report an outage call 901-544-6500.

If you need to report a power line that's down, don't go near it and call number 901-528-4465.

Power problems in Arkansas lead to a boil water alert in Hughes Arkansas where the wells are run by electricity. Also, the roadways are still icy in Arkansas.

Some motorists were stuck on I-55 or I-40 eastbound near the split for up to nine hours Sunday into Monday night due to a jack-knifed big rig and lots of ice.

Truck stops were packed all day Monday as the sleet and snow continued to fall.

Rush hour last night was a mess. One 18-wheeler that was stuck on the bridge from West Memphis into Memphis blocked the entire lane. Many drivers pulled over for the night.

Roosevelt Howard said, "You can only do about 35 miles an hour because you're losing traction, sliding off the road. Several trucks ran off the road just before the bridge coming over here into West Memphis. Cars everywhere. It's bad."

The drivers blame the poor road preparations here in the south for them having to stop and say this would not have been a problem up north.

The roads are still dangerous. One man is dead this morning. Arkansas State Police say the accident happened in Benton County.

Three people were in an SUV. The driver lost control, hit a guardrail, flipped and landed in a rocky creek bed.

They say that the 35-year-old was thrown from the SUV and died at the scene.

The driver and the other passenger were taken to the hospital and that driver is being charged with careless, prohibited driving and not having insurance.

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