Power’s back on across North Little Rock as electric repair work was completed on Monday.
That’s not the case for all of Pulaski County as there’s still 503 customers without power in Little Rock and rural parts of the county.
Click here to see an interactive, aerial view of the storm damage.
There’s also still some homes, that while the power grid has been restored, are still without electricity as their residences have damaged meter loops that will need a licensed electrician to repair or replace.
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Linemen came from across the state as a total of seven municipalities sent work crews. Jonesboro City, Water and Light sent their entire staff to North Little Rock.
“The tornado [March 31] had a devastating impact on North Little Rock,” Mayor Terry Hartwick said. “I want to thank our First Responders, Electric Department, Parks Staff, and all of our City employees who worked diligently to help meet the needs of those affected in our city. I am amazed at all of the hard work. Our city is one large family and together we will heal, rebuild and be stronger than ever.”
Among the buildings damaged was the new fire station in Burns Park. The station will be closed for repairs but is expected to be back in service by July 1 of this year, if not sooner. CBM Construction Company, the contractor that built the station, is repairing the damage.
Burns Park remains closed for the time being as crews are still working to remove debris with heavy equipment and oversized vehicles.
Among the areas that took damage were the trails, golf courses and the One Heart Playground took a direct hit as the tornado passed through it, as illustrated below.
President Joe Biden approved the state’s request for storm damage recovery to be fully funded by the federal government. The move means that the immense amount of debris removal will be paid for
FEMA has already approved $1.3 million to help with disaster relief. So far, nearly 4,000 have applied for assistance. FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams have spent the last week in the county, working with those impacted
Those teams can also help survivors make connections with local, state, federal and voluntary agencies.
The fastest and easiest way to apply for assistance is by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov.
One can also call 800-621-3362. The lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
For the latest information visit fema.gov/disaster/4698.
By The Numbers
1,100 - Residents and businesses impacted by the tornado
400 – Suffered major damage
80 – Were destroyed
12,900 – Yards of debris that have been removed
4,500 – Yards of debris still being removed daily
30 – Organizations have volunteered to help with cleanup
Volunteer sign-up and donation location for North Little Rock residents affected by the tornado is located at 1300 Pike Ave. The following resources are available at this location:
Department of Health (birth certificates are available, free of charge)
Salvation Army (meals and other services)
Arkansas Legal Services
American Red Cross
Central Arkansas Development Council
Items needed: Diapers, toilet paper, baby wipes, work gloves, large trash bags, five-gallon buckets w/lids, laundry bags, rakes, sunscreen and shovels.
If you wish to donate to the North Little Rock Tornado Disaster Fund, please visit: ar.gov/nlrdisaster
All North Little Rock residents affected by the tornado should register with the American Red Cross to qualify for assistance by calling 800-Red-Cross or going online to RedCross.org
No mulch for you: Crowder Gulf has sent heavy equipment to help turn debris into mulch. That mulch will be disposed of in landfills.
North Little Rock Sanitation will continue to run their regular routes this week where accessible. You can also take trash to one of the two locations listed below:
Edwards Cash Savers parking lot, 3801 Camp Robinson Road
Fire Station #9 Indian Hills, 2309 Osage Drive
Scammers, the worst of us, are already hard at work in the state, trying to take advantage of people who were impacted by the storm.
The Attorney General’s office sends along tips on what to do:
Demand references from contractors and check them.
Let a contractor pressure you into hiring them.
Never sign a contract with blanks "to be filled in later."
Never pay a contractor in full until the work is finished.
Never let a contractor discourage you from contacting your insurance company.
Be sure you review and understand all documents sent to your insurance company.
Arkansans who want to report concerns can contact the attorney general's office at (800) 482-8982.