Mena Mayor George McKee issued the following press release following last week’s ice storm:
“Unfortunately, the ice storm that hit the Mena area on Thursday night and Friday of last week left many damaged trees and downed power lines
Crews from the City of Mena Street Department, Water Department, Fire Department, and Police Department; as well as SWEPCO/AEP and Rich Mountain Electric have worked almost around the clock since that time to make sure the road ways were cleared and utilities were restored as soon as possible.
As of 11:00 am today, only 30 SWEPCO customers in Mena were without electricity. However; with the thawing and re-freezing of ice on trees and timber, spotty outages may still occur.
I realize many citizens in Mena do not have a means to haul away the storm debris from their property. Therefore, I have committed the Mena Street Department to pick up limbs at the curb. Place any limbs/storm debris that you need picked up at the curb in front of your house. Please do not place the limbs/debris over water or gas meters and place them parallel with the street for easier pick up. Please realize that we cannot go onto private property. The Street Department is only doing emergency clean-up at this time; but at a later date we will have scheduled pick-ups for all neighborhoods to collect the debris placed at curbside.
We sympathize with our citizens during this difficult time you are experiencing and we are here to help in any way we can. Please feel free to call me at City Hall 394-4585.”