JONESBORO – Arkansas disaster relief volunteers responded within hours June 5 following damaging winds and thunderstorms that swept through the north and northeast portion of the state – killing two people.
Thousands of people were reported to be without power as a result of the storms, which packed 80 mph “straight line” winds, downing trees, damaging roofs and at one location derailing a freight train. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management reported there is damage in Jackson, Independence, Craighead, Lawrence, Mississippi and Poinsett counties.
Joe Garner, disaster relief director for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC), reported that teams from Walnut Street Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Tri-County Baptist Association, Wynne, Balboa Baptist Church, Hot Springs Village and Rock Bayou Baptist Association, Franklin, responded with volunteers. In all, 23 Arkansas Baptist disaster relief workers were involved with recovery efforts, completing 58 recovery jobs and two tarp jobs.
Thirty-five ministry contacts were made by volunteers, four evangelistic contacts and two professions of faith reported, according to ABSC officials.