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Faulkner County: EF4 tornado destroyed 328 homes

By The Associated Press

This article was published May 2, 2014 at 6:51 a.m.

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL --5/1/14-- Bill Ausbrooks walks through the back yard of his tornado damaged house at 681 Highway 365 in Mayflower Thursday as his family helps salvage items from the home. Ausbrooks built the house in 1956.

VILONIA — Leaders in Faulkner County say a preliminary assessment shows that 328 homes were destroyed in Sunday's tornado.

Faulkner County Attorney David Hogue says 710 homes have been assessed so far after the EF4 tornado hit the county. Along with the destroyed homes, the assessment also found 111 homes with major damage, 231 homes with minor damage and 40 homes otherwise affected.

Those numbers are preliminary as assessments continue in the county.

Donations have poured into the county following the deadly tornado. The county says no bottled water is needed and is requesting that people donate gift cards rather than clothing for people affected by the storm.

Fifteen people were killed statewide in the tornado, with 11 of those deaths occurring in Mayflower and Vilonia.

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rbelv_aol.com says... May 2, 2014 at 12:41 p.m.

How many tornadoes does Vilonea have to have before people realize that geographically it is unsuited for building!!!???
Heretofore it was farmland or pasture. Houses should NOT be allowed. Mobile homes should NEVER be placed there. Vilonea is unsuited to be a town.

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