Mountainburg Still Strong 3 Months After Tornado Strikes

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Three months ago on Friday the 13th, an EF-2 tornado hit the town of Mountainburg.

One new pizza shop says it’s using everyone love for the comfort food to bring everyone together.

“The town needed something,” said Christy Robinson, Manager at Pizza Den. “It helped us, and it helped them.”

It sometimes takes something unexpected, to unite a small town after devastation strikes.

“It brought us together better as… not so much as town, but a family,” explained Robinson.

While Pizza Den wasn’t fully open on April 13th, they let those working on the damage grab pizza to-go.

“That’s what the town needed. Because everybody was working on the houses, the community and they could order a pizza to go and do what they needed to do,” said Robinson.

It’s been less than a month since diner have been able to enjoy some pie inside.

“We had a group of them in here today that we were cleaning up after, and taking care of,” said Robinson.

Mountainburg Police Chief Vincent Clamser said this is a prime example of how the city has coped post-tornado.

“Every week there’s more and more progress, and it’s returning back to normal and even better than it was,” said Clamser.

Clamser said, not only are businesses opening up, but homes are going back to normal.

“The tornado made significant damage in Mountainburg, and three months later it’s hard to tell where that tornado passed through,” said Clamser.

But nonetheless, 3 months ago will never be forgotten.

“There’s still some of that in the back of people’s minds. Could it happen again/” said Clamser.

But Pizza Den hopes the spotlight the tornado brought brings more businesses in to serve the people of Mountainburg. 

“The more the merrier, this little town needs something,” Robinson.

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