Monday, July 07, 2008

Possible Tornado Hits Oak Grove!

Tree blocking hwy 21 just west of stoplight.
Greg Howerton (with chain saw), from the Arkansas Highway Department cut up the trees, while Oak Grove Fire Department, plus other volunteers, cleared the roads. Ok, those two other "volunteers" are my nephews, Cory and Matt Plumlee.
Volunteers busy clearing highway.
Tree down in a yard, just east of the stoplight.
One of two dugouts destroyed at the Oak Grove softball park.
Tree down, just south of stoplight.
Two of the large shade trees that were behind the bleachers at ball park.
Concrete picnic table, crushed by fallen tree at ball park.
Another tree at ball park, and debris.

A storm on Thursday night, July 3, hit Oak Grove, near the four-way stop light area. At least one resident reported seeing a funnel cloud drop down from the sky. The storm hit at approximately 8:45 PM with little warning. Most damage in the area was limited to within one-half mile of the stoplight.
Downed trees blocked roads for more than an hour. One tree blocked highway 21 about 50 yards north of the stoplight. Another tree, about 50 yards to the west, blocked highway 21 west. Power was out in the area for over 3 hours.
One residence lost half the roof over a large shop/garage area.
The area around the softball field was hardest hit. Both dugouts where totally destroyed, and more than a half dozen large trees were either up-rooted, or snapped in two on the property. There were several other large trees uprooted around the town.
There were no reports of personal injuries that I heard of.
Emergency personell quickly responded to the scene. Deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff's Departmart directed traffic, as the Arkansas State Highway Department along with the Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department cleared the fallen trees from the highways.


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