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Seven months after destructive tornado city continues cleanup



Jonesboro, Arkansas – Back in December, Trumann was one of the cities in the path of a series of destructive tornadoes, leaving a large debris field in the middle of town.

May marked the beginning of the cleanup process many had hoped for, after months of little progress and health complaints.

According to Mayor Barbara Lewallen, they are getting the debris moved out thanks to ARDOT and other state agencies. Dump trucks are being used to transport the debris to the Crittenden County landfill. “When a tornado strikes in an area, it takes out the trees, it takes out the homes you’re used to seeing,” she said.

The reason the cleanup process has taken so long is that Poinsett County no longer has a landfill, so they are forced to use one in another county, Lewallen said.

She realizes the storm damage has affected the community in different ways. “There are stresses for the people, some insured, some not, some need help and some are getting help,” Lewallen said.

With some of the money coming from state grants, the total cost for cleanup will be up to $700,000, while the rest is from the city.

According to Lewallen, it could be a few weeks before the cleanup is complete.