Storm Damages Homes, Uproots Trees Near Lead Hill

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LEAD HILL, Ark. – Goodman, Missouri was the hardest hit by Tuesday night’s severe weather but the storm also did a number in northern Arkansas.

The Boone County Office of Emergency Management says homes were damaged and trees were uprooted along a two-mile stretch of Highway 7.

The home with the most damage was located between Bergman and Lead Hill, the roof was ripped off, the garage collapsed and the back porch twisted on itself.

“I saw the garage door dent in and I was like we have to get out of here, we have to go downstairs,” says Bethany Warren.

Warren and her sister, Reagan, headed to the basement as the winds began to pick up just after 9:30 pm.

“We just stayed [in the basement] until we heard a knock on our door and saw our neighbors were all kind of just checking on us,” says Reagan Warren.

“Our neighbors had flashlights so I asked, ‘it is just our garage that is gone?’” she says, “They were like, ‘no, it’s like your entire roof.’”

The storm only damaged half a dozen homes in Boone County but dozens of trees were pushed over by the wind. Lonny Reeves, who lives a mile away from the Warrens, spent the morning cutting up limbs with a chainsaw.

“I got home this morning and I had to park in the end of the driveway down here,” Reeves says, “because all these trees are across the driveway.”

Reeves was at work when the storm passed through but his wife was inside their home.

“She said it got loud and then it got quiet,” he says. “It turned my cattle trailer over and it took my basement out, or my garage that’s attached to the house.”

As is often the case with severe weather, the storm seemed to pick and choose where it wanted to hit Tuesday night.

While folks like the Warrens and Reeves would rather not have been chosen, they are thankful it wasn’t worse.

“I’m glad everyone is ok,” says Warren.

The Boone County OEM expects the National Weather Service to make a determination on what caused the damage Thursday.

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