Walnut Ridge is continuing with cleanup efforts after a severe thunderstorm passed through Lawrence County on May 4 causing heavy damage to parts of the city.
Structural damage to homes and businesses, uprooted trees, snapped utility poles and downed power lines were left in the wake of what the National Weather Service determined to be 110-mile-per-hour straight line winds.
Part of the city regained power last Tuesday evening, with many others regaining power late Thursday. As of Tuesday morning, Mayor Charles Snapp said the utility companies had finished their work and just had cleanup remaining.
“If someone is still without power, they need to report it to their electric provider,” he said.
The city is also working to cleanup debris left from the storm, but residents are reminded it must be curbside and sorted into separate piles of limbs, lumber and metal.
Those in the hardest hit area should not have to call in a pick up request to City Hall, but others are asked to do so.
On the city’s Facebook page, Mayor Snapp expressed his gratitude for the volunteers who have assisted and his thankfulness that there were no serious injuries.
He noted that there is still a lot of work to be done, though.
“On behalf of the City of Walnut Ridge, I ask you to stay with us and be patient,” he said. “This cleanup process will take months, but we have a team that can and will do this.”