Disaster in Gassville
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Yarrkie

United States

#1 Feb 5, 2008
I am posting this because I am concerned about the folks affected by the tornado/storm in Gassville. We now live out of the area and are not able to get reliable reports about the damage there. What can you tell us about what has happened there?
big daddy

Port Aransas, TX

#2 Feb 5, 2008
was told by my step-daughter it was bad sonic ,micky ds bank and exxon at 62& 126 were badly dameged lots of trees&powerlines down damage in izard & stone co. were worse lots of homes gone&people trapped at this time p.d &e.m.s. still searching at this time timeout 11:25 p.m. please pray!!!!!!!!!
mmm2cats

Calico Rock, AR

#3 Feb 6, 2008
I live in Cotter, and it is bad. I have a neighbor that was just in town and he said that it is way worse than he expected. I know that Letty's restaurant is gone and the Sunny South trailer park by the nursing home was hard hit. I have no cable and so am relying on what the radio is saying. They have reopened Hwy 62.
All I can say right now is just pray, because we aren't able to get alot of good info. right now either.
Yarrkie wrote:
I am posting this because I am concerned about the folks affected by the tornado/storm in Gassville. We now live out of the area and are not able to get reliable reports about the damage there. What can you tell us about what has happened there?
jay

La Grange Park, IL

#4 Feb 6, 2008
any news on mountain home damage have relative and cant contact no phone service
Karla

Arlington, TX

#5 Feb 6, 2008
Also curious about mountain home damage. Parents live there. land lines and cell phones seem to be out.
Karla

Arlington, TX

#6 Feb 6, 2008
parents just called from Mtn Home. everything in mtn home is OK..gassville was hit. Hope this is helpful.
jay

La Grange Park, IL

#7 Feb 6, 2008
karla thx jay
used to live there

Owasso, OK

#8 Feb 6, 2008
just talked to my aunt who lives in Gassville. I was able to get through on the phone, so if you have relatives, it may take a minute, but you can get through. She lost her home.
used to live there

Owasso, OK

#9 Feb 6, 2008
jay wrote:
any news on mountain home damage have relative and cant contact no phone service
Try calling now. I was able to get through to my family there in Gassville
Gary in Oregon

Yacolt, WA

#10 Feb 6, 2008
My family has lived in Gassville for over 150 years. The Gassville Cemetary has my parents, Grandparents, and on and on. Can't get through to ANY relatives (Powell, Byrd). Is the new Baptist Church still standing? Please send any first hand news to [email protected] Thanks Gary
mmm2cats wrote:
I live in Cotter, and it is bad. I have a neighbor that was just in town and he said that it is way worse than he expected. I know that Letty's restaurant is gone and the Sunny South trailer park by the nursing home was hard hit. I have no cable and so am relying on what the radio is saying. They have reopened Hwy 62.
All I can say right now is just pray, because we aren't able to get alot of good info. right now either.
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Darlene

Batesville, AR

#11 Feb 6, 2008
I am new to Yellville, and I am just now hearing about Gassville, my prayers go out to everyone.
Just yesterday before the bad weather I went shopping in Gassville/Cotter and I was thinking what a lovely place, I just love this place.
Tears are running from my eyes now, as I know many people have been hurt by the severe weather.
kkg

Burley, ID

#12 Feb 6, 2008
are there any numbers to call and see if family members are on a list anywhere? i've called hospitals and motels and have no idea how to find my parents (gassville).
mmm2cats

Calico Rock, AR

#14 Feb 6, 2008
kkg,
please email me at my name @yahoo.com and I can give you a number to call.
mmm2cats
kkg wrote:
are there any numbers to call and see if family members are on a list anywhere? i've called hospitals and motels and have no idea how to find my parents (gassville).
mmm2cats

Calico Rock, AR

#15 Feb 6, 2008
Our phone service is very sporatic right now. For me to call Mountain Home from Cotter I have to dial 1-870 and the number from my cell phone.
I am sure that it will be that way for a while. 2 places to get information on damage, etc. are: ky3.com & baxterbulletin.com
Julie Sizemore

United States

#16 Feb 6, 2008
40% of Gassville residences and businesses are destroyed. Many more have major damage, and most have at least shingles, siding, tree damage. The mobile home court located on the Old Cotter road is totally destroyed. The residences on Highway 62 from the Flea Market next to the OLD hospital (now a museum) all the way to Highway 126 are mostly destroyed. The grocery store and Dollar General now have power and are open. A few residences over 4 houses (2 blocks) north of Highway 62 appear to be fixable, and some houses on the southeast side of town appear better off, meaning some have roofs on them. Power was off in a lot of areas, and many thanks to Entergy linemen who are up here working their tails off! There are many damaged homes in the Rea Valley area of Flippin (Highway 101 South), some are totally gone there, one mobile home at the top of Crooked Creek hill was in toothpick size pieces all over Hwy. 101, with the bathtub in the center of the road just after the storm. One house in a very rural area looks as though the windows are gone, no power, and the driveway impassable from trees, yet there was smoke coming from their fireplace chimney. To make matters worse, the temperature was very warm when it hit (around 70 degrees F), and today's high was around 38, making temperatures too cold for those who might be trapped.
There is one confirmed death of an older woman, her name is mentioned in the Baxter Bulletin paper, and 10 are confirmed missing, including my fiance's coworker's 16 year old son. Many injuries were reported, and many more are happening in the process of debris removal. Many city streets are still closed,with houses and utility poles in areas they weren't supposed to be, and many who were injured were taken out by 4 wheel drives because ambulances couldn't get to them. I was lucky, as my 16 year old son was on main street, and tried to get home, only to find closed roads. His cell phone didn't work, and the road that wasn't closed was blocked by over 15 large downed trees. He ended up leading 22 cars of residents who lived in Rea Valley to their homes, over Hall Mountain, in the dark. He ended up having to go to Skaggs hospital in Branson, Missouri because of the number of injured in local hospitals when he tried to move a tree, and sprained his ankle.
Looters unfortunately are stealing from residences which are not lockable in Gassville. Many had to leave their homes open because of an evacuation from leaking gas lines. Most have been allowed to go back in, and 24 hour police patrols are at the stoplight at Junction 126 which was out still at 6:00 p.m. tonight (2/6).
The pictures I've seen on the news do nothing to show the real damage to the town. The pictures I saw look like there is no damage in comparison to what is actually going on. One subdivision of nice homes and the abandoned service station in front of it is just gone. I just hear a few seconds ago that the 10:00 pm news is going to announce about a survivor found today! Thank God, and say prayers, because the weather is turning to rain, and it is very, very cold.
If anyone has relatives they can't find, e-mail me at [email protected], and I'll see if I can find any information. My phone numbers are listed under Julie Sizemore in Flippin if you need help find relatives. Can't list the #'s here. Keep trying as many phones are sporadically working, and lines are overloaded with people trying to find relatives. The good people of the area are pulling together and helping a lot. Whisper Creek Log Homes in Midway is paying any employees tomorrow who don't have an urgent project at work to go to Gassville and volunteer.
mczar

Petaluma, CA

#17 Feb 6, 2008
I am in Northern California and just now read the posts on Topix.com . I hadn't realized that the tornados had hit Gassville - my local news said they had hit Atkins, which I looked up and that is far from Gassville. One of my very best friends for 30+ years moved from Santa Rosa, Calif. to Gassville last September. I have tried to call her and get no response on her home phone and just a message on her cell. She is 66 years old and has limited mobility. She lives with an elderly dog and two cats on Bluebird Lane off Birdsong. Her name is Jackie Miller. What can I do to find her and help her if she needs help?

Wendy
dustoff 58

United States

#18 Feb 6, 2008
lotters should be shot on sight this kind of animal makes me sick they dont desreve to live
mmm2cats

Calico Rock, AR

#19 Feb 6, 2008
Julie,
I live in Cotter, please know that I will be praying for your fiances' coworkers son. You are fortunate that you get to see the news. My cable is out and so I have the radio for news, not much there.
I am also willing to help out as Julie is, as I said in an earlier post.
I did email topix to see if they would post the phone number that is in the baxter bulletin.
Melody
Cotter, AR
Yarrkie

United States

#20 Feb 6, 2008
Thanks for the detailed info, Julie.

I have been able to get some more info along the way from family in Rea Valley, but your report is excellent. We used to live in Flippin down 101 before you get to Crooked Creek. Moved away late in 2006. I heard that our old house there had sustained some damage. Glad to hear that our (former) next door neighbors' home wasn't damaged at all, though.

I think you know my in-laws who have a bottled water business in Mountain Home ... I am sure that they are going to be extra busy getting water out to those folks who need it!

Thanks again for the detailed "report" -- it helps.
jude

Charleston, WV

#21 Feb 7, 2008
mtn home sheriff dept keeping track of residents and entire town evacuated tuesday night. most sheltered at cotter school and a church in mtn home. only fatality was betty fisher. about 200 structures damaged. around 75 totaled. is what i read. trailor ct gone. i would try sheriff and school. there was no power or gas and roads closed for awhile. they are trying to find homes for people who losts theirs. good luck. im sure any of them would be glad to be found while they are in such bad straits.

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