Off to Little Rock again for tornado duty. Anyone traveling I 40, we are likely to be at the North Little Rock KOA for at least a month or maybe as long as six weeks.
I just got back from a quick trip to Mena, Ar where an F3 bisected the town last Thursday night. I flew up on Friday and came back home yesterday after doing preliminary damage assessments in preparation for a federal disaster declaration.
In addition to the 300 heavily damaged or destroyed homes, I saw about a half dozen RVs that are toast. No motorhomes but several fivers and TTs. Rvs don't fair well in EF 3 tornadoes. On the upside, several folks were in TTs that they either owned or someone loaned to them because there is simply no place for them to go in Mena. Its 80 miles to Ft Smith, 70 or so miles to Hot Springs and 100 miles to Texarkana. No apartments, not enough hotel rooms, so those RVs that survived are going to be lifeboats.
Lots of nice campgrounds in that area of Arkansas, I'd certainly recommend it for a summer vacation and the community can use the tourist dollars. Services are up and running there and power is coming back on line rapidly in the impacted area. In fact, it may be completely restored since I haven't been there since Sunday. None of the campgrounds were impacted.
In any case, the old D will be rolling again in a few days to Arkansas. Its fourth trip to that state in the last three years of FEMA work.