County Attorney David Hogue spoke to the media this afternoon with updates on the tornado damage and cleanup efforts. Here’s what you need to know:
• The 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfews in Vilonia and Mayflower will be in effect again tonight, but it will be the last night for Mayflower’s curfew. There will be no curfew in Mayflower Saturday night. The curfew will continue in Vilonia until further notice.
• The Mayflower Water Department will be shutting off the water supply to the Plantation Subdivision in order to make repairs to the water and sewer system until further notice, perhaps one or two days’ duration.
• Anyone performing excavation must call Arkansas One Call by dialing 811 beforehand in order to avoid damaging utilities.
• The number of homes described by the county government as “destroyed” has increased to 418. There are now 115 homes with “major damage,” 248 with “minor damage” and 74 described as “affected.” The tornado path was 24 miles long.
• The volunteer and donation response has been tremendous. The county government says there is plenty of water everywhere, and recommends donating gift cards so that people who lost everything can buy clothes rather than donating clothes.
• Debris should be sorted and put at the front of the property. It should be sorted into:
Vegetative debris (tree limbs, shrubs, etc)
White goods (appliances, etc)
E-goods (TVs, electronics)
Household hazardous (cleaning solutions, automotive chemicals, etc)
Normal household garbage (will be picked by normal means)
• Construction Waste Management on White Road in Mayflower will have extended hours on Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Conway Sanitation Department landfill will have extended hours from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, and will have reduced rates for people who can show they live in a damage area.
• People are asked to not burn debris. The black smoke from burning debris releases harmful chemicals including arsenic, Hogue said.
• Saints and Sinners will be here with a truckload of toys to distribute the children in the Mayflower area. They will be located around First Baptist Church.
• Dam Road is closed to all volunteers until further notice. Security will be in place.
• All food vendors will need to set up at the empty lot between the Senior Citizen Center and administration building located across from City Hall. If room is available, they may use the parking lot at the Senior Center.
• Mayflower Animal Control is asking for the following items:
5 small dog kennels
4 medium dog kennels
1 large dog kennel
Different sizes of collars and leashes
Please deliver these to the Mayflower Animal Control office, located behind City Hall.
• The City of Mayflower is requesting plastic containers with lids, 42-gallon trash bags for cleanup (contractor bags) and rakes.
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