"Baby Steps" to rebuild Mayflower after April's tornado

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV)- As many as 100 students in Mayflower might not show up to school on Monday. 67 families were affected by the April tornadoes and might struggle with long commutes. Superintendent John Gray says their absence may affect the district's budget.

"You get paid by the amount of students enrolled," said Gray. "It might have a huge effect on the financial stability of the district." Gray says the school needs to renovate campuses to prepare for future tornadoes. "We have no protection for our elementary school students," said Gray. "We have been working to build a storm shelter for our students, we're looking at grants."

The county's economic bounce-back has the attention of state officials. State Senator Mark Pryor said it it's all about taking baby steps. "Sometimes it takes years to recover."

Pryor said that it's coming together as a community to new ideas on how to rebuild the counties.

"We had folks from Joplin that came down, they had a terrible tornado, just in the last couple of years, and they're still recovering," said Pryor. The group shared their experience, but did not seem too optimistic about bouncing back anytime soon. "We need to be realistic about how fast we can get back."


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