Parker Park Community Center Still Housing Victims of Ice Storm

Paragould, AR (KAIT) -- For dozens of powerless Region 8 residents, the Parker Park Community Center is still their home away from home.

"The damage was like a war zone in Paragould," said Roberta Straub.

When the ice came down and the electricity went off, Paragould native Roberta Straub got out. She's been in a shelter for nearly a week. First at the Convo then at Parker Park, but late Monday afternoon, she got the news she's been waiting for.  Roberta says she finally has power.

"My prayers have been answered. There's just no place like home....even with all of the help we got," Straub.

For Kennett, Missouri resident Willie Parchel, the news isn't so good.  He said he was told it could be early March before his power is restored.

"It was a feeling of just being homeless.  Just homeless....just nothing. It's been kind of hard not being at home where you're used to laying your head and everything," said Parchell.

Willie says he's planning to go home to Kennett, Missouri, on Tuesday.  He's says he's preparing himself for the worst.

"It would be a miracle for them to rectify the damage that is done there in this short length of time. We don't look for any happiness real soon," said Parchel.

Willie says one bright spot is the kindness he's been shown by those running the shelters. He says it's neighbors helping neighbors making the best of a bad situation.