Live updates of storm damage in Paris, Arkansas

Straight-line winds downed several trees and power lines Sunday evening in Paris, Arkansas, leaving residents without power for at least two days.

PARIS, Arkansas — Straight-line winds battered the city of Paris on Sunday, July 17, severely damaging the city’s electrical system.

According to the city’s Facebook page, the storm caused trees and power lines to fall across the city.

Crews are working on rebuilding, but say it will likely take a few days. Authorities are asking residents to prepare to be without power for at least two days.

Since Tuesday July 19, power has been restored to half of Parisian homes. To help repair the more than 40 broken utility poles, teams from across the state are in Paris to help until every resident has power again.

Around 9:30 a.m., Monday July 18, the city of Paris announced a power cut at the wastewater treatment plant. Almost three hours later, the mayor said the power was restored but still asks residents to keep the use.

To help preserve their food, residents can keep their fridge and freezer doors closed. If the doors are left closed, food will stay safe for up to four hours in a refrigerator, 48 hours in a full freezer, and 24 hours in a half-full freezer.

The city says Mayor Daniel Rogers is working with the school district to open an area in the high school as a cooling station. More information on the opening date will be released soon.

City officials are also asking everyone to conserve water as the reservoirs are low causing water pressure issues. They ask that you only use water when you absolutely need it.

Bottles of water are available at the cooling center inside the Lycée de Paris cafeteria.

Stay with 5NEWS for updates on this developing story.

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