Big snows in Central Arkansas are a rare event, at least compared to say, Buffalo, N.Y., or International Falls, Minn. So the Christmas Day blizzard here was a doozy in a lot of ways. Fun for kids unused to a white Christmas, but a long, cold post-holiday week for the 200,000 people whose power disappeared under the blanket of white. (The National Weather Service office in Little Rock has a short history of Christmas Day snows in its forecast area.)
Hundreds of bucket trucks from out-of-state utilities such as Southern Electric Corp. of Mississippi, and disaster logistics folks like Storm Services Inc., converged on Arkansas to help. We’re grateful to all the emergency workers who are giving up holiday time with their families. Today the power flickered a few times; here’s hoping the brief outages and clicks meant more people being reconnected to the grid.