Those of us who live in the “Tornado Belt” of the U.S. know what Spring holds in store for us concerning bad weather. Sometimes Arkansas dodges the bullet and the storms leave our state before they become violent. We were not so lucky Saturday, April 29. We had 6 inches of rain, tornadoes, hail, wind, flooding, power outages, damaged property, human injury and death. I can’t understand why any of us decide to reside in an area that has such wild weather. My excuse is that I married an Arkie – I truly would prefer to live in the Western U.S.
The saddest tragedy concerning the 6 deaths we had in the state was the following story: A mother was out driving with her 2 young children, she ventured into flood water with her automobile. Her car began to float away when the swift water became too deep. The mother had to make a choice and she managed to swim ashore, but her 4 year old and 18 month old were still buckled up in the back seat. She could not save her children as the water rushed into her car. They have not found the car or the children at this time. The police on the news who say this is not a rescue, they know it is now a recovery, have tears in their eyes as they talk of this incident. We all know this mother is probably blaming herself; she will never be able to forget what happened; she will grieve for her children the rest of her life; depression will be the center of her life for a very long time. Each time I hear a story like this it brings sorrow to my heart and soul – I do not know what words could be said that would bring this mother comfort.
The morning the clouds from this storm began to build up over our state – the sun managed to peek out for 30 seconds. I was looking out the kitchen window, saw the sun, grabbed my camera, and got these two photos through the window – and then the sun was gone from sight.
The rain came and in 12 hours we had a total of 6 inches of rain often mixed with hail. The wind blew leaves from the trees and limbs began to fall. It is never uncommon in these storms to have a death from limbs or entire trees falling on a home.
Roads were washed away; roads were closed; farmer’s field with planted crops were flooded causing serious financial loss.
Life on this earth is often rough and very sorrowful. I will leave you with this scripture: II Corinthians 1: 3-4 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”