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10 confirmed dead in Faulkner County, 2 are children

Officials: Volunteers needed at shelters, not in wreckage

Posted: April 28, 2014 - 8:46am

Faulkner County Attorney David Hogue said Monday morning that volunteers can be used at the shelters providing assistance but not in the search and rescue operation that was happening Monday morning following a tornado that ripped through Vilonia and Mayflower Sunday night.

"Volunteers will be welcomed at a certain point, but now is not the time," Hogue said. "We have so many professionals assisting us right now."

The Faulkner County coroner confirmed 10 deaths so far with two of them being children. No one is allowed in the town centers.

A sweeping search and rescue was conducted late Sunday night and early Monday morning. A more thorough search began after daylight.

Hogue pointed out that volunteers can also help by providing the much needed resources of blankets, water and food at shelters.

Officials also noted that the water system is currently out in Mayflower, and a boil order has been issued.

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