Northwest Arkansas Digging Out from Tornado Damage

MARCH 13, 2006 - Posted at 7:53 a.m. CST

BENTONVILLE, AR - Dozens of residents of Benton County in northwest Arkansas are sorting out the debris left after a tornado tore across the county last night.  Several homes were heavily damaged, but no serious injuries were reported.

The tornado touched down near Gentry about 9:50 p.m. then followed a path center Centerton, Bentonville, Little Flock and Avoca.

In the College Park subdivision on Bentonville's northeast side, several brick houses sustained major damage.  The roof had been totally stripped from one house, leaving support trusses behind, while the attached garage of a nearby home had been destroyed.

Across the street, homes were undamaged.

Greg Kosper, 41, of Bentonville, said he was awakened by his wife shortly before the storm hit.  He said it came and went in the next two or three minutes.  Kosper said it was over before you knew it, but now his house is gone.  The Kospers' house lost its garage and much of its roof.

A Bentonville firefighter said firefighters and police went door-to-door in the neighborhood to check on residents, and no injuries had been reported.

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