Saltillo hit hard by storms, volunteers delivering good to victims

SALTILLO, Ark. (KTHV) - Among the lesser known communities wiped out by Sunday's tornado includes the predominantly Hispanic Black Oak Estates near Saltillo in Faulkner County.

Most of the trailers and mobile homes were completely destroyed, blown so far from the small neighborhood that only brown plots of dirt are left where they once stood. On Tuesday, volunteers from a nearby church brought food, water, clothes, and household supplies to the victims.

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"We have found that a lot of people didn't even realize that this area had so much damage," said one volunteer. "We started coming out this morning, and we've been coming out all day. I think this is our fifth trip out here."

Celia Goff is the ESL coordinator and interpreter for the Vilonia Public Schools. She accompanied the volunteers Tuesday, as many of the residents in Black Oak Estates are her students.

"Not speaking English, they're very concerned about leaving their property and going and getting the resources they need," Goff said.

Her student, Ingrid Jimenz told THV the community greatly appreciated the donations.

"We're really not watching about us eating or anything and water and all that. We're not really worrying about that," she said. "Cleaning up is our major thing and everybody just comes and starts giving us stuff we're like 'Oh yea we need that too!'"


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