City continues cleanup nearly seven months after destructive tornado

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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) — A northeast Arkansas town is still picking up the pieces nearly seven months later.

In December, Trumann was one of the cities in the path of a series of destructive tornadoes, leaving a large debris field in the middle of the city.

After months of little progress and health issues, May marked the beginning of the cleansing process that many had hoped for.

Mayor Barbara Lewallen said they were getting the debris out through ARDOT and other state agencies. Dump trucks are used to transport the debris to the Crittenden County landfill.

“When a tornado hits an area, it destroys the trees, it destroys the houses that you’re used to seeing,” she said.

Lewallen said the reason the cleanup process took so long is that Poinsett County no longer has a landfill, so they are forced to use one in another county.

She realizes that the storm damage has affected the community in different ways.

“There is stress for people, some insured, some not, some need help and some are getting help,” Lewallen said.

The total cost of the cleanup will be $700,000, with some of the money coming from state grants, while the rest will come from the city.

Lewallen said it could be a few weeks before the cleanup is complete.

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