Emergency Crews Have News Conference Addressing Mountainburg Storm Damage

Emergency crews hosted a news conference Friday (April 13) to address storm damage.They said 160 structures we...

Posted: Apr 15, 2018 12:40 PM
Updated: Apr 15, 2018 12:40 PM

Emergency crews hosted a news conference Friday (April 13) to address storm damage.

They said 160 structures were damaged during the storm. There were three calls of entrapment and four people were sent to the hospital. There were no fatalities.

One woman went into labor in a storm shelter, and was taken to a local hospital.

While viewing damage for the first time, Taryn Jones said she and her family can't believe what they witnessed.

"It definitely could've been a lot worse... our house is still standing," Jones said. "It took about 20 seconds and then it was over... about half our windows in the house shattered."

Jones said she and her dad sought shelter in a tiny closet, while her mother and younger brother sought shelter at Walmart in Alma.

"As soon as we pulled in the parking lot so when we went inside they had everyone come into the front hallway and stay there." Mother Michelle Jones said.

Joshua Robertson, communications director for Fort Smith utilities said there is no damage to the Mountainburg water treatment plant. He said the fences around the plant were damaged, but not the plant itself.

Main Street is shut down at this time.

For those in Mountainburg who need assistance, the American Red Cross will be located at the Mountainburg High School according to Crawford County Department of Emergency Management.

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