Arkansas Tornado 2014

Stories resulting from the deadly tornado that ripped through Arkansas on Sunday, April 27, 2014. 

Ari Sarsalari

The Arkansas Community Tree Recovery Campaign is planning to distribute 10,000 trees to replace trees destroyed by a killer tornado last April.

The campaign is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the Arkansas Forestry Commission. Five-thousand trees will be distributed in both Vilonia and Mayflower on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the fire stations in each city.

The trees will include redbud, white oak, pecan, hickory, white oak, crabapple, red mulberry, pin oak, cherrybark oak and willow oak.

Vilonia tornado president Obama
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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.  

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.

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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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.

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.

Vilonia tornado president Obama
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.

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.

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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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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