7 Deaths Reported After Storms Rip Through Arkansas

8:07 AM, Apr 26, 2011   |    comments
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ARKANSAS (KTHV) --Emergency officials in Arkansas have confirmed two more storm-related fatalities, bringing the death toll to seven statewide.

The Faulkner County Sheriff's Department has confirmed that four people have died in Faulkner County. Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Tommy Jackson says two of those people died in Vilonia, where a tornado likely ripped through the area.

The Vilonia fire chief says that 12 people are currently unaccounted for after storms hit central Ark. community. Officials will be going door to door later this morning checking on residents. THV's Ashley Blackstone is live in Vilonia and will have more on "Today's THV This Morning".

In northwest Arkansas, emergency officials say a man and a woman died after floodwaters swept their car off the road in Madison County. Another woman, 38-year-old Consuelo Santillano, died near after her car was swept off the road in Washington County. Santillano's 11-year-old son survived.

 

Damage Reports

In Pulaski County, in the Morgan/Maumelle area at Highway 365 and Settlement, the Mount Pleasant Church was demolished. In same area a tree fell on a house trapping a man, but he wasn't injured.

Heifer Ranch in Perryville was also hit. According to Michelle Izaguirre, Senior Director of Learning Centers, all Ranch employees, volunteers and guests are safe. The volunteers and guests have been in communication with their families. There is property damage to buildings, barns and fences.

Rescue crews and the local fire department were at the Ranch as of 9:30 p.m. CT on Monday, clearing trees from the roads and checking downed power lines. There is no electricity on the Ranch at this time, and the phone system is down. Staff is currently checking the status of all animals. Once trees are cleared, further assessment of the lower pasture and garden area will be possible.

Damage reported near Brady Mtn. Law enforcement reporting trees down near Amity. Damage also reported near Hot Springs County along highway 270. Montgomery co sheriff: homes severely damaged at Old Dallas & Caddo Gap Rd.

Garland County has had severe damage this evening from the storms. The following areas are the ones we know of so far: Walnut Valley Road, Ranch Estates Subdivision, Oates Loop, Vaughn Road, and Fox Pass Road in the Hwy 7North area. In the west side of the county the areas are Ragweed Valley Road, Sunshine Road, Powell Road, Old Dallas Road, Oakgrove Road, and Brady Mtn Road area.

Also, reports from Lake Ouachita State Park and Teen Challenge having damage. Some reports of minor injuries. Numerous power lines and trees down county wide; there are lots of debris in the roadways. The sheriff's office is now getting reports of flooding in the Fox Pass Road, Ragweed Valley Road, and Surry Road areas, as well as creeks and low lying areas. Most of these areas are blocked and emergency crews are trying to gain access. Damage has also been reported to several houses in Garland County, near Fountain Lake. Several people have also been reported injured.

There are also reports of 2 people injured in the Sunshine community in Garland. There are power lines down all over Saline County.

Over in Jacksonville, North Pulaski High School has sustained major structural damage and will be closed today. THV's Faith Abubey is live there and will have more information on "Today's THV This Morning."

The Little Rock Air Force Base is reporting at least four homes in base housing have been damaged.

Crews are assessing the base's aircraft at this time. Base housing residents are encouraged to stay indoors due to downed power lines in base housing. Base residents who are experiencing emergencies should call 987-6123 so base officials can assist.

Entergy Arkansas reporting roughly 66,000 customers currently in the dark. First Electric Cooperative reports 14,000 outages in White, Saline, Lonoke, Pulaski and Perry counties.

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