As Fayetteville braces for an impending winter storm this week, residents will no doubt rehash memories of the ice storm that ground the city to a halt nearly five years ago.
The sheets of ice that covered the area in January 2009 left over 100,000 people without power, some who didn’t see electricity restored for nearly two weeks.
Thousands of acres of downed trees took multiple crews over three months to remove, and caused nearly $80 million in damages across the region.
Outside contractors alone removed over 3,000 trees in Fayetteville and pruned more than 20,000 trees that were damaged and eventually deemed hazardous. All told, the storm cost the city about $600,000 after reimbursements from FEMA and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management were factored in.
Those who were here will never forget what Fayetteville’s neighborhoods looked like in the days following the ice storm.
For everyone else, here are a few photos: