Arkansas Tornado 2014

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3:32 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Coalition Looks Towards Long-Term Tornado Relief

Victims of the tornado in Vilonia wait for President Obama to come by on May 7, 2014.
Credit Tamara Keith / NPR News

Three months after a tornado ripped through parts of central Arkansas, a coalition is looking towards long-term recovery. For those in Vilonia and Mayflower, that means getting life back to normal. But the degree of destruction has made even having places to coordinate recovery a challenge.

Nathan Kilbourne is pastor at Vilonia Methodist Church, which was destroyed.  

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8:43 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Meeting Set On Game And Fish Facilities

A hearing is planned for next week on proposed plans to renovate Arkansas Game and Fish Commission facilities near Mayflower that were damaged or destroyed by the April 27 tornado.

The Camp Robinson Special Use Area had featured a maintenance shed, clubhouse and dog training facilities in an area east of Mayflower and Lake Conway. The facilities sustained major damage in the EF4 twister that hit the area.

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9:07 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Volunteers Still Needed For Arkansas Tornado Help

Relief groups in Faulkner County say more volunteers are needed to continue with the cleanup efforts from the April 27 tornado.

Arkansas Dream Center Executive Director Drew Davis says 5 to 6 homes still need to be demolished, and about two dozen sites need extensive cleanup work. The EF4 tornado that hit Vilonia and Mayflower killed 15 people and caused extensive damage.

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3:57 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Disaster Recovery Centers In Arkansas To Close After April Tornado

The aftermath of the April tornado, with cars and trucks tossed into a lake in Faulkner County.
Credit National Weather Service

State and federal emergency management officials say disaster recovery centers that were set up following the April 27 severe storms, tornadoes and floods in Arkansas will soon be closed.

The state and Federal Emergency Management Agency recovery centers in Mayflower and Vilonia will close Saturday at 2 p.m.

Survivors of the storms can visit the centers for information form 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. The centers are at 600 Highway 365 in Mayflower and at 1122 Main Street in Vilonia.

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9:11 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Filing For Disaster Unemployment Assistance Ending

The filing period for residents seeking disaster unemployment assistance after April's deadly storms is ending.

Claims by those affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began in Faulkner County April 27 must be filed by Monday.

Residents must have worked or have been scheduled to work in the disaster area, but because of the disaster they no longer have a job, a place to work or could not get to their place of work because of the damage.

Local & Regional News
11:56 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Recovery Efforts From Arkansas Tornado Strike Progresses

A father and children wait for Pres. Obama during a visit to Vilonia after the deadline tornado.
Credit Tamara Keith / NPR News

State and federal emergency management officials say progress is being made in the recovery from deadly tornadoes, severe storms and flooding in Arkansas on April 27.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday that nearly $2.3 million in individual assistance has been distributed to tornado survivors and that more than half the storm debris has been collected.

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3:12 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Filing For Disaster Unemployment Assistance Ending For Tornado Victims

The tornado that struck Faulkner County on April 27.

The filing period for residents seeking disaster unemployment assistance after last month's deadly storms is ending.

Claims by those affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began in Faulkner County April 27 must be filed by June 2.

To be eligible, residents must have worked or have been scheduled to work in the disaster area, but because of the disaster, they no longer have a job, a place to work in the area or couldn't get to their place of work because of the damage.

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2:45 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Tornado Disaster Recovery Center In Pulaski County Closing

Emergency management officials say a disaster recovery center in Pulaski County that was set up to help survivors of the April 27 storms, tornadoes and floods is set to be closed.

The center on Kanis Road in Little Rock is scheduled to close at 7 p.m. Saturday. Officials say visitors seeking assistance at the center has significantly decreased.

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2:09 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

$2 Million Approved To Help Arkansas Tornado Recovery Efforts

The aftermath of the tornado that hit Arkansas last month.
Credit National Weather Service

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that more than $2 million has been approved to help Arkansans recover from last month's severe storms.

FEMA has approved nearly $1.7 million in Housing Assistance to individuals and families in Faulkner, Pulaski, Randolph and White counties whose property was damaged or destroyed. More than $355,000 was also approved to be used to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

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8:30 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Arkansas Students Graduate Amid Tornado Recovery

Less than a month after a deadly tornado outbreak devastated their community, more than 200 students graduated from high school in Vilonia.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that 209 seniors graduated during a ceremony Saturday on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.

Last month's storms that tore across the state killing 15 people were not far from the students' minds.

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