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Storm clean-up ongoing in Southwest Arkansas

James Riley picks through debris for a doll, after storms Wednesday night sent a tree crashing down through his roof. James Riley picks through debris for a doll, after storms Wednesday night sent a tree crashing down through his roof.
SWAR resident James Riley pulls bramble from a tree through his roof Thursday afternoon. The damage was done during Wednesday night's storms. SWAR resident James Riley pulls bramble from a tree through his roof Thursday afternoon. The damage was done during Wednesday night's storms.
MILLER COUNTY, AR (KSLA) -

Families were busy cleaning up after the storms that blew through the ArkLaTex Wednesday afternoon.

One man was hunting for a toy amid debris.

"There is a doll under here in this stuff," he said.

James Riley has taken care of the outside of his home where a tree busted through his roof. But inside, the work is far from over. And his family said this storm was deja vu.

"It was the second time," said Rose Marie Riley. "It just didn't come through and it was over my daughter's room at this time."

The question remains whether the Rileys will remain at this location with thepossibilityy of a third tree falling on their home.

"It depends on what she wants to do, if she wants to stay we will stay. If she wants to go we will go," James said. "It's all up to the Mrs. now."

Fortunately, the Riley's grandchildren were not at the home when the tree came crashing through the roof Wednesday night.

"Either the trees got to go or I got to go," Rose Marie Riley said. "I got to make it safe for my babies."

The majority of damage in Miller County, Arkansas, happened between Texarkana and Fouke, said Harold Jones of the county's road department.

"We are just going through the county today picking up the debris from last night," Jones said.

On CR 401 a fallen tree had several residents trapped, including Wayne Scoggins.

"We had to cut our way out to start with but it wasn't bad," he said.

Scoggins said he hates to see the big trees fall but the one on CR 401 will not go to waste.

"It will be burnt this next winter and heat a home," he said.

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