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Red Cross aiding SWAR storm survivors; utility expects power back on by Thursday

"This is a disaster; I don't know what to do," said Kristi Edgar, later adding that she's unable to leave her property unattended for fear of potential thieves. (Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12) "This is a disaster; I don't know what to do," said Kristi Edgar, later adding that she's unable to leave her property unattended for fear of potential thieves. (Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)
High winds Monday blew the roof off Oren and Kristi Edgar's mobile home near Fouke, Ark., leading to water damage. (Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12) High winds Monday blew the roof off Oren and Kristi Edgar's mobile home near Fouke, Ark., leading to water damage. (Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)
For the past 2 days, representatives of the American Red Cross out of Texarkana have been making the rounds to those affected by the storms. They visited the Edgars on Wednesday morning. (Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12) For the past 2 days, representatives of the American Red Cross out of Texarkana have been making the rounds to those affected by the storms. They visited the Edgars on Wednesday morning. (Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)
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MILLER COUNTY, AR (KSLA) -

Some Southwest Arkansas storm survivors are trying to decide what to do next.

The National Weather Service estimates winds up to 90 mph swept through parts of the area Monday, downing power lines and trees. Some of the latter fell on houses, leaving their occupants homeless.

Among them are Miller County, Ark., residents Oren and Kristi Edgar, whose home near Fouke, Ark., was heavily damaged Monday afternoon. Both are thankful to be alive after the mobile home's roof was blown off, leading to water damage, he said.

"This is a disaster; I don't know what to do," said Kristi Edgar, who later added that she's unable to leave her property unattended for fear of potential thieves.

The Edgar family spent Tuesday night in their damaged home but later agreed it is unsafe for them to remain there.

For the past 2 days, representatives of the American Red Cross out of Texarkana have been making the rounds to those affected by the storms. They visited the Edgars on Wednesday morning.

"We are going to give them some tarps and then give them some referrals to agencies in the area who are helping out with residents, helping to repair homes and fix things and help with utilities and things," said Lanna Brown, the Red Cross disaster program manager.

"We have seen a lot of trees down, a lot of trees on houses, a lot of wind damage," Brown added. "I don't want to say it is really widespread, but it is widespread."

Utility crews are working side by side trying to get residents in the southern part of Texarkana, Ark., back on line.

A spokesman for Southwest Arkansas Electric Coop said 2,600 of the company's customers lost power in the storm. Many downed trees are blocking access to problem areas, the spokesman said, but the utility hopes to have all service restored by Thursday morning.

A complete assessment of damage in Texarkana, Ark., and elsewhere in Miller County has not been conducted. KSLA News 12 was told Wednesday afternoon that local officials were trying to determine whether to file for disaster relief for their state.

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