River Plantation community one of the hardest communities hit in Mayflower

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) - Reconstruction efforts have been underway in areas all over central Arkansas trying to piece together Sunday night's destruction. The River Plantation community was one of the hardest communities hit in Mayflower, and many are finding strength in family and community.

The crunch of broken glass is apparent as Dennis Heitt steps on shards of what was once his home. "I've always watched people and felt terrible for them seeing this, and wondered how I might handle it, and I don't know if I've figured out how to handle it really. I'm still, still kind of lost."

Dennis is one of the hundreds, even thousands, in Arkansas trying to piece together what was torn down Sunday.

While he's not alone in his mourning, he's also not alone in his recovery. "We spent all day yesterday just trying to find wallets, all the little things that you don't think about."

Dennis has had the help of his two boys, Joe and Clay, along with his brother-in-law, Roy. The family has been spending countless hours sifting through the debris to find keepsakes and meaningful items, like a picture of his prized '66 Pontiac GTO.

"I don't know what I would do without them. Obviously it would be difficult for me to try and do this alone- particularly in the frame of mind that you're in after it happens, but if you ever wonder how many friends you have out there the number is huge."

In a time when everything is dull and grim, maybe things aren't so bad, knowing that a tornado, no matter how mighty and fierce, can't destroy something friends and family provide: hope.

"Everything gets better..eventually. And when you don't know where you're going to live or anything else, it'll get better and I know it will."


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment