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Springdale mayor issues emergency proclamation after tornado

Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse has issued an emergency proclamation after a tornado tore through the area.

SPRINGDALE, Ark — Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse has issued an emergency proclamation after a  tornado ripped through the city.

The storm tore through east Springdale around 4 a.m. Wednesday, March 30. 

Seven injuries have been reported so far, two of which are critical. 

Crews are still working to clean up the damage left behind by the storms.

Washington Regional Medical Center released a statement saying they have three of the injured patients, one of which has been treated and discharged.

Tyson Foods, the Jones Center and many other businesses are stepping up to help community members impacted by this morning's storms.

Governor Asa Hutchinson says he's been in communication with Mayor Sprouse about the storms and the damage left behind. He released the following statement on Facebook:

"I’ve communicated with the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management and Mayor Sprouse of Springdale about the storms passing through the state. While some of the school buildings in Springdale were damaged, no students were inside, and no deaths have been reported. Search and rescue teams have been deployed, as there are significant damages and injuries. Continue to monitor the weather throughout the state as this storm system moves through. Make sure you have a safe location in the event additional severe weather impacts your area."

Mayor Sprouse released the following statement:

"Today, shortly after 4:00a.m., a possible tornado touched down in the southern and the eastern portions of Springdale, causing significant damage. Our first responders have completed door-to-door searches, and we believe everyone has been accounted for. Many residents have been displaced from their homes and numerous businesses have reported significant damages. While we are thankful that there have been no fatalities reported at this time, we have confirmed seven individuals who were taken to area hospitals, including two who are in critical condition. 

I have officially declared an Emergency, which should trigger declarations at the County and State level. Our crews from Springdale Police Department, Springdale Fire Department, Springdale Public Works, and the affected utilities have been hard at work since the event.  There have also been multiple other agencies from the county and surrounding cities that have responded. In addition, Governor Hutchinson and our Congressional Delegation have offered their support.

We are mobilizing volunteers and resources to help our residents over the coming days and weeks that have been impacted by this storm. Several area churches, businesses, and individuals have reached out to see how they can help. A Command Center is currently being set up at the Springdale Parks and Recreation Center. We are coordinating volunteer services at this time and we will pass along information about volunteer opportunities as soon as possible. We would like to thank all those who have offered to volunteer. Your dedication to our community is greatly appreciated. We will continue to keep you all informed as more information becomes available to us."

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