Storm Causes Downed Trees and Damage in River Valley

POPE COUNTY, Ark. --A day of clean up for many in Arkansas-- after a line of storms ripped through the state overnight.

The storms brought straight line winds that uprooted trees-- awnings-- and sheds.

Around 3 am Sunday morning, a storm ripped through parts of the River Valley--  damaging the Harps grocery store and gas station in Dover. "Me and other associates started making our way to the store to sort of assess the damage," says Jamie Gregory.

What the store manager saw, left him in shock. "The fuel awning missing, the gas pumps laid over and stuff."

Piles of debris from the storm, scattered across the parking lot and damage to the roof of the store. "Air conditioners blew off the platforms in the roof, so we did have some water leak into the store," says Gregory.

Approximately 18-thousand outages were reported by Entergy Arkansas from the storm. Downed trees and fallen awnings can be seen along roads in pope county. "You often see it in other places and you don't think it involves you but when you do, it hits home."

As the clean up begins, Gregory says they're working on getting back to business as usual. "Playing it by ear now, just making sure the store is safe for the customers and associates coming back to work," he says.

The store manager from Harps says they expect to be back open by late Monday or Tuesday.


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