Late Saturday night, the area surrounding Forrest City, Colt & Caldwell were hit by dangerous weather causing numerous reports of damage. Local weather experts are saying it is likely straight-line winds, a tornado or micro bursts.
While there are only minor injuries and no fatalities, manyvery large trees have fallen on homes and cars. Primarily, Disaster Relief is receiving work requests for chainsaw and debris removal. Each job is proving to require more time than usual, because the trees are very large. As of last night, utility companies in Forrest City are still hard at work trying to restore electricity.
Ray Oswalt, leader of the Forrest City Feeding Team, “Has shown great leadership getting the initial deployment organized,” according to Randy Garrett, Director of Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief. The Forrest City Feeding Team is also responsible for feeding all the volunteers.
Other teams who have also responded include: Tri- County Chainsaw Team, Mississippi County Association/Corner’s Chapel Chainsaw Team, and Central Baptist Church of Jonesboro.
Assessors and chaplains are teaming up to inspect the damage and share the Gospel with the residents.
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Prayer request: the safety and strength of our Disaster Relief volunteers who are currently responding.