December 20, 2002
Posted at: 8:10 p.m. CDT
WYNNE, Ark. -- Local flooding and property damage is what many Region 8 residents woke up to on Thursday, following a severe weather outbreak on Wednesday night that resulted in one death in Central Arkansas.
The rough winds and rain experienced meant cleanup for area business and home owners. In Northeast Arkansas, there were no serious injuries reported to emergency services.
In Jonesboro, flooding occurred in some areas, especially on farmland in the rural parts of the city. Clean-up crews worked to unblock drainage areas through most of the day.
"We've been at it all day on clean-up," city street superintendent Gene Barnett said. "There was no damage as far as I know. The main thing we had to do was get the blockage away from the front of the pipes."
In Cross County, Wynne got hit hard with a fast wave of severe weather. The force of the wind that damaged some buildings led to some local speculation that a tornado had hit.
"It was crazy," said Jennifer Hill, an employee at Kelly's restaurant in Wynne. "I can't believe all that happened in a matter of minutes."
Employees were preparing food for a holiday party when the wind knocked in the roof, and food went everywhere. At a time when people would be lining up for lunch on Thursday, no one is eating.
"I tried to get to the cooler, but i couldn't," Wuladean McDaniel, another Kelly's employee said. "There was too many people inside. We had a gas leak, and so we decided to run out."