Damage reported after Laura makes its way through Arkansas

Around Arkansas

UPDATE: The Arkansas Division of Emergency Management activated to Level I (Full Activation) yesterday, August 27, 2020,  in response to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Laura.  The following is a list of damages that has been reported to ADEM.  New additions to yesterday’s report are highlighted in yellow:

  • Bradley County – Three homes and 70 utilities were damaged.
  • Calhoun County – One home and one utility sustained damage.  At least one road was closed due to downed trees and power lines.
  • Clark County – Multiple trees and power lines down across the county resulting in significant power outages.
  • Cleveland County – At least five homes were damaged.
  • Craighead County – Refuge Baptist Church in Lake City had three buildings sustain damage.  At least four homes in Egypt and two homes in Goobertown sustained various amounts of damage.
  • Drew County – Downed trees forced at least one road closure.
  • Hempstead County – Multiple trees and power lines down across the county.
  • Hot Spring County – Multiple roads closed due to downed trees.
  • Lafayette County – Downed power lines forced at least one road closure.
  • Lee County – At least one road was washed out due to rain.
  • Nevada County – Multiple trees and power lines down across the county.
  • Ouachita County – County sustained widespread damage primarily from fallen trees.  One home was damaged.  Multiple power lines down across the county.  A city building in Camden sustained roof damage.  Approximately 30-35 roads were closed at some point in time during the storm due to fallen trees.
  • Randolph County – At least one home sustained damage.
  • Saline County – High water levels forced at least one road closure.  At least one business sustained damage to a building.  Several units flooded at the Chapel Ridge Apartment Complex in Benton resulting in several residents being displaced.

Residents are encouraged to report all damage to their local office of emergency management.  A list of emergency management coordinators


LAKE CITY, Ark. — The National Weather Service reported two possible tornados as Laura made its way through Arkansas overnight.

The agency reported one tornado crossed Highway 70 about five miles southwest of Forrest City around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Another was reported in Lake City which is about 15 miles outside of Jonesboro.

WREG’s Jerrita Patterson reported extensive damage in the area. Refuge Baptist Church off of Highway 18 was detroyed as the roof was torn off and items from inside were scattered across the area.

Early Friday morning, Laura crossed Arkansas and trekked toward southeastern Missouri as a tropical depression with winds of 35mph. In preparation for the storm, Arkansas predeployed search and rescue teams along with National Guard members to assist.

Laura’s expected to dump up to 6 inches of rain over central and northern Arkansas Friday, while parts of southern Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri may see isolated rain totals of up to 5 inches.

The rain may likely lead to flash flooding along streams, roads and urban areas and to moderate river flooding in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, the National Hurricane Center said.

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