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Governor Beebe: Arkansans Are Resilient and We Work Together

Governor tells Mayflower news conference,"Neighbors Help Neighbors"
MAYFLOWER, AR - Governor Mike Beebe held a press conference in Mayflower to address the devastation of Sunday night's storm.

As far as the tornado's path, Beebe says it was reported north of Vilonia and headed northeast.

Beebe spoke of the devastation the tornado has had on Arkansans. It is especially devastating for the people who have lost property and loved ones. The Governor said he wouldn't be surprised if it was one of the highest category tornadoes. It is too early to estimate the total amount of damage according to Beebe.

Beebe spoke highly of county and city officials saying they have done a great job in their search and rescue efforts.

President Obama has called Beebe along with the Director of Homeland Security to express their condolences for those lost in the tornadoes.

There have been 14 confirmed deaths, this count was recently downgraded from an earlier count of 16. There is not a count on injuries or missing persons. A Conway hospital reported treating at least 100 storm victims.

According to the Governor numerous companies are helping with the relief efforts. Tyson started up mobile kitchens to help both emergency workers and victims. Walmart is sending out water and other materials to help with the relief effort. And cell phone companies are also setting up temporary towers to help with service.

Beebe also mentioned that although there is severe damage in Mayflower and Vilonia there is also damage in between the two locations.

Many people are concerned about getting to their homes where they may have loved ones or pets.

Beebe said those who have legitimate reasons to enter the area should be allowed through.
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