You asked: What should be expected now?

Published 3:00 pm Friday, February 19, 2021

The winter storm that struck the area at the beginning of the week and stretched into days has left area residents wondering what to expect in the days ahead.

Area schools all have plans to reopen for their regular schedules on Monday, Feb. 22. This includes Brookhaven Public School District, Lincoln County Public School District, Lawrence County Public School District, Brookhaven Academy and Wesson Attendance Center, as well as Copiah-Lincoln and Southwest Mississippi community colleges.

A precautionary boil water notice was issued Thursday for the Town of Monticello and the City of Brookhaven, due a loss in water pressure. These notices will extend until lifted by the respective water departments.

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Water outages are temporarily impacting restaurants in the area, who are under tighter food preparation restrictions as a result.

Many homes and businesses remained without electricity Friday. Southwest Electric reported 2,589 members without service in Lincoln County. Magnolia Electric Power reported 766 and Entergy reported 2,194 customers in the county still without service.

Crews were working during daylight hours to minimize risks to workers, and often were cooperating to help with restoration of service provided by other energy coops, not just their own, according to Magnolia Electric Power Customer Service Supervisor Lucy Shell.

King’s Daughters Medical Center’s clinics were closed throughout the week — with the exception of the Vision Center and the Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic & Spine Clinic — due to power and water outages, but were expected to reopen Monday.

Arrow Disposal Service Inc. temporarily suspended residential garbage pickup in the city and county, due to dangerous road conditions, but resumed pickup Friday. Regular routes will be picked up on schedule, and other routes will be caught up as soon as possible, according to the Brookhaven Solid Waste Department.

City and county offices reopened Friday morning.