Flooding, storm damage put northeast Arkansans out of their homes

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BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. — Storms left behind a trail of downed power lines, and many people are still in the dark Sunday evening.

One family said they are going house to house because just one week after purchasing a home, the roof was caved in by Saturday night’s storm.

“We were scared, we put the babies in the tub because we didn’t know what else to do but to take shelter for our babies, and when you got outside and see people have lost their home, it’s hurtful,” Darica Shine said.

Fortunately the family was able to take cover, but they said they stepped outside to witness the destruction and they are still struggling to come to terms with the damage.

“I watched my brother lose his house, that he just moved in not even a month ago, his roof literally caved in.”

For Shine, the winds of the storm destroyed far more than just the top of her home, it borrowed her peace of mind.

“You heard a loud boom and then you felt everything shake.”

People’s cars were trapped under trees, completely squashed, like one Charger nearly chopped in half by a massive tree that was uprooted late Saturday night.

“It was a blessing because she could have been getting out the car and it could have fell,” Blytheville resident Shirley Shields said.

The cousin of the owner of the Charger believes even though the damage is done to the cars in the driveway, at least no one was hurt.

A domino effect of down power lines, many residents were still sitting in the dark after being left to clean up the mess the storm left behind.

With no electricity, and for some no place to go, even hours after the storm relief is no place to be found

In addition to storm damage, flooding was a big problem throughout northeast Arkansas. Many roads were underwater, and 12 people had to be evacuated in Jonesboro.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson declared a State of Emergency so residents affected by the storm could get assistance in the recovery process.

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