Faulkner County Tries to Pick Up Pieces Following Tornadoes

December 19, 2002
Posted at: 3:45 p.m. CDT

ENOLA, Ark. -- Neighbors in the small Faulkner County town of Enola are helping each other pick up the pieces, and checking on one another's pets, after tornadoes and storms raged through the area Wednesday.

One person was killed in the storms: 84-year-old Bobbie Lee Glover, who lived in a mobile home near Enola. Another 13 people were reported injured. About 7,000 utility customers in Faulkner County remain without electricity Thursday, after a substation took a direct hit from the storm.

Other scattered outages were reported across the state. An Entergy spokesman says it will be late in the evening or early Friday before power is back up. In Vilonia, schools were ordered closed today because of power outages.

The nearby Des Arc and Mount Vernon/Enola schools also were closed. It's not decided whether all the schools will open tomorrow, ahead of holiday break.

Governor Mike Huckabee and his wife Janet this morning toured the devastation left by storms and tornadoes in Faulkner County. The governor trudged up a muddy Arkansas 36, stopping to look at damage and visit with people trying to collect their lives.

Emergency Management Director Bud Harper says the damage that parts of Arkansas sustained probably aren't sufficient to warrant assistance from the federal government. The governor has declared Faulkner County a disaster area, and other counties could follow later.

That means local governments will get state help removing debris and repairing infrastructure, and individuals can get temporary shelter and food.