CAMDEN – Arkansas Baptist disaster relief volunteers from across Arkansas were deployed to assist victims of storms that ripped through the state April 3. According to published reports, more than 55,000 Arkansans were left without power following the rash of storms that hit the southern part of the state.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe authorized the state’s national guard to assist Camden’s local authorities with traffic and security duties as crews work to restore power, KARK-TV reported.
No tornados have been confirmed and no injuries or deaths related to the storm have been reported at this time.
Camden Fairview High School’s football stadium, gym, offices, and classrooms were all damaged in the storm. Much of the building’s roof was pulled back, according to news reports.
The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) is reporting that Cullendale First Baptist Church in Camden was damaged, but the extent of the damage is not known at this time and thought to be minor.
Arkansas Baptist disaster relief teams from Balboa Baptist Church, Hot Springs Village, and Harmony Baptist Association are in the process of deploying to Camden and surrounding areas, the ABSC reports.
The focus of the teams will be recovery, such as using chainsaws to clear fallen trees and debris from streets, buildings and yards.
More updates will be posted at www.arkansasbaptist.org as they are available.