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Storm destroys homes, church in Garland County

In Hot Springs Village along Highway 7, folks in the Walnut Valley community are doing some major cleanup as an EF-3 tornado ripped apart homes and brought down trees and power lines.
GARLAND COUNTY, AR --  In Hot Springs Village along Highway 7, folks in the Walnut Valley community are doing some major cleanup as an EF-3 tornado ripped apart homes and brought down trees and power lines.

If not for a phone call, Zora Erceg could have been killed.

"I didn't think it was all bad. My son called me and it started hitting all over," said Erceg.

Erceg had been watching severe weather coverage but thought it had passed over her. That's until she hung up the phone.

"It was so fast I just looked through my window," said Erceg.

Windows burst out and trees came down.

"I was so scared and shocked and I started running through the house. I didn't know what to do," said Erceg.

Across the creek, church leaders at Walnut Valley Baptist had just sent students home when the tornado rolled through.  The church gym is now destroyed, and so is the sanctuary. The fellowship hall is still here, somewhat untouched.

"It's just absolutely awesome what these storms can do," said Larry Sorrells, a deacon at the church.

That's where the pastor and some members took shelter.

"A lot of it can be built back some of it may or may not," said Sorrells.

Now the rebuilding phase begins for the church and Elceg -- after a storm that definitely left a trail.

"Our God is sovereign. He's taking care of things," Sorrells said.

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