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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Storm aftermath — four dead in Vilonia

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 6:32 AM

The morning hasn't yet brought a comprehensive assessment of the widespread damage from last night's storms and the continuing high water. But Twitter feeds indicate concern about unaccounted for residents of Vilonia, apparently hardest hit.

The Log Cabin Democrat reported at 1 a.m. this morning that two people had been confirmed killed in tornado damage in Vilonia. The fire chief said many people had not been reached, but getting in touch wasn't easy amid the debris, loss of power and general confusion. An earlier Log Cabin report detailed the damage in Vilonia's central business area.

UPDATE: Vilonia death toll put here at 4. Five other people died, some swept away in flood-caught vehicles — two in Madison County, two in Benton County and one in Washington County.

Reports say houses and three C-130s damaged at Little Rock Air Force Base. That's not far from North Pulaski High School, closed today because of heavy damage. The base elementary also was closed.

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