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Fitzgerald Crossing, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Tornado Leaves Path of Destruction in Cross County

April 3, 2006 -- Posted at 2:43 p.m. CST

 

FITZGERALD CROSSING, AR -- Residents in Cross County spent Sunday night trying to pick up the pieces left behind after their lives were ripped apart by a tornado that swept through the area.

 

Several homes were destroyed in Fitzgerald Crossing, just outside of Wynne.

 

Bruce Mize built his home with his own hands, and now it’s been ripped apart by Mother Nature.

 

The wrath of the storms is a blow to not only Mize, but to other members of his family.  His mother lost her home as well.

 

“It’s totally gone.  You can’t tell it was there.  It was right behind this one back there.  It was a mobile home.  There’s a driveway to it, and that’s about it,” said Bruce Mize.

 

Mize isn't the only one who lost everything.  Corbin Brown's family has had their farm for about seventy years.  Now, all he has to show for it is an empty foundation and destroyed farm equipment.


”We get to start over from zero.  You see tractors that were just rolling like Tonka toys,” said Corbin Brown.

 

Brown lost about $1,000,000 in farm equipment.  Some of the equipment was old, some of it was new, but it was all meaningful to Brown’s business.

 

“It’s amazing.  What you think you take for granted, and it’s just not here anymore,” said Brown.

 

Brown wasn't in Fitzgerald Crossing when the tornado hit, his father called him and told him about the loss.

 

“When you hear ‘everything’ over the telephone, you can’t fathom everything.  You know, I still haven’t gotten… you still think of little things here and there that you take for granted.  I call it ground zero,” said Brown.

 

Cross County Sheriff Ronnie Baldwin said that everyone is accounted for.

 

There are some injuries, but everyone managed to escape alive.

 

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