By Elizabeth Owen
DEVELOPING STORY, Check back for updates
Editor’s note: This was just received. According to one person who received Elizabeth’s email, “The family are members of the church. One home destroyed was that of one of the elders of the church there.”
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Ark. (BNc)- I’m asking that everyone keep the town of Mountain View in your prayers. Carrie and I made a trip there yesterday to check on her family, the destruction is indescribable. My family’s home is fine, but Carrie’s extended family on Herpel Rd. took a very hard hit, their chicken houses and two homes almost destroyed. There are too many other families to list.
The entire county is without electricity, and my dad (who works with Entergy) says it will be at least two to three more days before anyone in Stone County sees power. The nighttime lows are well into the 30’s.
We didnt see any FEMA, Red Cross or even news reporters while we were there. As far as I can tell, there has been minimal mention of this on the news. Most of the help is internal, the banks are grilling food on parking lots, people and churches are showing up with chain saws.
I took a few photos, which don’t even begin to show the magnitude. You can view them here.
We appreciate your prayers, and if anyone has ties to the community, there are so many people who need help.
Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us