MOUNTAINBURG, Ark. — Over a week has passed since an EF-2 tornado touched down in the small town of Mountainburg, but residents of all ages are helping in the clean-up effort.
Helen Teague, 86, has lived in Mountainburg for more than seven decades. She volunteered Saturday to pick up trash.
“I just thought it was a community effort, that everybody should turn out that can,” Teague said. “I’m just thankful that I’m still alive and I can do a little.”
But a little goes a long way.
“The mayor, the police chief, I can’t speak enough about these volunteers and all they have done,” Brad Thomas, Director of Crawford County Emergency Management Department said.
Thomas says a lot of progress has been made, but there is still a lot of work to do.
“Right now we are focusing not only in Mountainburg but out in the county; there’s a lot of damage out there as well. We have some chainsaw crews out in — we have some rural cemeteries and there’s been significant damage there. We had some chainsaw crews out working today and out in the county as well,” Thomas said.
Mountainburg High School students are pitching in, too.
Kaylee Hampton, MHS Sophomore and Miss Mountainburg, volunteered her time alongside her classmates Saturday.
Hampton is going the extra mile for her town by selling t-shirts as a fundraiser.
“All the money that we raise for the shirts, we are going to help with the Dinosaur Park and we are going to help remodel it. We are actually going to plants some trees, and then we are going to do fruit trees so we can give to the community,” Hampton said.
The t-shirts can be purchased for ten dollars at various times in Dinosaur Park and Mountainburg High School.