Two power failures, one in downtown Little Rock and the other in a southwest section of the city, left hundreds of Entergy customers without electricity Thursday afternoon.
Entergy spokesman Sally Graham said the failure downtown, which affected about 171 customers, was caused by a tree falling on power lines around Cumberland and Seventh streets.
Digital Print & Imaging Office Manager Teresa Rowton said employees heard a "big boom" shortly after 2 p.m. The printing business is located at 902 Cumberland St.
The downtown failure extended north from the intersection of Cumberland and Ninth streets to parts of Capitol Avenue, according to the Entergy website. Downtown customers as far west as Scott Street and as far east as Sherman Street were also affected. A four-block section along Cumberland Street was the most affected area.
Graham said power should was restored to the majority of those customers by 5 p.m.
Another failure just south of Colonel Glenn Road in the Westwood also rendered 391 customers without power, Graham said. That failure — which extended along Western Hills Avenue and affects roads as far west as Manor Avenue and east to the First Tee of Arkansas — occurred after a tree fell on a cross arm attached to a line pole on Western Hills, snapping the lines. The Little Rock Fire Department was dispatched to the scene to help manage the downed lines and to assist a motorist whose vehicle was struck by the tree, Graham said. Little Rock Fire Capt. Randy Hickmon said the male driver was unharmed.
The power in southwest Little Rock was fully restored by 6:25 p.m., Graham said.