MULTIPLE COUNTIES REPORT THUNDERSTORM DAMAGES

MULTIPLE COUNTIES REPORT THUNDERSTORM DAMAGES

North Little Rock – Much of the state which sustained major ice damage in last month’s storm was hit again Tuesday night by severe thunderstorms, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management reported today. The State Emergency Operations Center was activated at Level III during last night’s storm.

In Van Buren County trees and power lines were reported down and blocking Highways 330 East and 65 at Choctaw and on Highway 9 West at Formosa.  The county emergency manger also reported approximately nine roofs blown off homes and barns. Gas meters were reported torn off structures in the city of Clinton along with widespread power outages in the city.

Johnson County also had areas without power with limbs and trees reported down north of Clarksville.  In addition, a tree was said to have fallen on a vacant house near the Piney Bay area.

Benton County reported downed trees across Highway 12 in Rogers as well as power outages in the county.

In Independence County multiple homes and businesses were reported damaged on Highway 14 between Batesville and Oil Trough.  Power lines were reported down, and the county coordinator said one individual suffered a broken ankle.

White County reported significant damage. Power lines and poles were reported down on Highway 16.  Rose Bud had a number of residents without power.  The town of Letona reported multiple structures damaged with two individuals reportedly injured.

Stone County reported a large boulder on Highway 5 between Allison and Sylamore resulting in the road being blocked.

In Searcy County the town of Leslie was without power as a result of the storm. Several trees were reported down including one across Highway 74 near Dongola.

In Faulkner County the emergency management office reports that in the Guy area two homes sustained roof damage as well as a number of barns.  Power was out but has since been restored.

In addition, Carroll, Columbia and Lafayette counties all reported trees down.

ADEM reminds Arkansans to be prepared for severe weather throughout the year. For information on how to prepare your home and vehicle, visit the ADEM website at www.adem.arkansas.gov.