Gov. Asa Hutchinson paid a visit to Mountainburg Sunday morning in the aftermath of a tornado that struck the city on Friday.
Hutchinson arrived at Mountainburg City Hall at around 9:30 a.m. Sunday to meet with local leadership, see the damage from the tornado and observe the efforts underway in the town firsthand, according to J.R. Davis, communications director for Hutchinson. Among those the governor met were Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown, Crawford County Judge Dennis Gilstrap, Mountainburg Police Chief Vincent Clamser and Mountainburg Mayor Neal Moon, as well as volunteers.
An EF-2 tornado tore through the Mountainburg area shortly after 4 p.m. Friday, injuring at least four people and damaging approximately 160 structure, according to, County Emergency Management Director Brad Thomas. Power had been restored to the area by Sunday, according to outage maps.
From city hall, Hutchinson went on a brief tour of the area, and then returned there to brief some of the media present on what he saw.
"But really, it was also just to go there and thank volunteers for their service, and the governor talked about how important it was for ... the state's response to be as swift as it was with the department of emergency management, but really, also just the local efforts that were quick in response to the aftermath of the storm, including the volunteers, neighbors helping neighbors, just how important that is in events like this," Davis said.
Hutchinson left Mountainburg at around 10:30 a.m., Davis said.