People in Mayflower, Arkansas Begin Tornado Recovery

By KOLR10 News

Published 04/29 2014 06:20AM

Updated 04/29 2014 06:29AM

MAYFLOWER, Ark. -- While Quapaw, Oklahoma and Baxter Springs, Kansas were both hit by tornadoes Sunday, central Arkansas was hardest hit by the weekend storms. Today, people are coming to grips with the recovery ahead.
The National Guard is standing by in Mayflower with roadblocks set up in the area of town hit by the twister.  Power has been restored in many areas of Mayflower, but a boil order remains in effect and a 7pm-7am curfew is in place.

The images of the damage are stunning.  Evidence of the powerful winds are everywhere - metal roofing stuck in a tree, buildings completely torn apart.

Monday, residents of Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas were dealing with the emotional loss of their homes and possessions.  Today, the mood has shifted to recovery and the future.

"You look out from the road over there, and it's all gone."

It's all gone.  A phrase hundreds in Vilonia uttered this morning, at dawn's first light.

Barry Eason has stood here countless times, but Monday, the landscape was unrecognizable.
Eason and his wife ran a hair and tanning salon on Main Street, what permeates his thoughts today, though, his neighbors, and perspective.

"Trying to get through getting our stuff and then you walk across the street and looking over the valley. And my goodness, just devastation."

A few thousand feet away, just off Naylor Road, is a subdivision hard-hit, with multiple lives lost.  The heart of this Faulkner County town, struck a second time since 2011.

"You have people who have lost lives here.  Our community is resilient we have a resilient town.  We'll pull back through again, but it's just tough having to go through this again after such a short period of time."

10 people were killed in Faulkner County, ranging in ages from 7 to 82.

Support is pouring into the area in the form of donations, volunteers, social media support like special Twitter hashtags (#PrayforArkansas and #ArkanStrong)  and Facebook pages, as well as telethons by Arkansas television stations, including KOLR10 sister station KARK.

(Stefanie Bryant for KOLR10 News)

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