The City of Siloam Springs is amid clean up from the storms that came through the night and very early morning of Sunday, October 20 and Monday, October 21. We have much to be thankful for, most importantly that no major injuries occurred. Many neighborhoods and businesses sustained significant damage to property. Our priority is to restore power to those who are still without and to repair needed infrastructure. As of Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m., all roads had been cleared for vehicular traffic. Approximately 450 customers were still without power.
City Electric crews have been working diligently with help from GRDA, Bentonville; Monett, Missouri; Claremore and Tahlequah, Oklahoma crews to removed downed poles and restore power. Crews are hopeful that power will be restored to all customers Wednesday by the end of the day. We appreciate your patience during this time.
City crews will pick up debris from the storms. Please move all storm related items to your curb and crews will come to get it. Be aware that this process could take several weeks to remove all debris. If you would like to burn your downed trees and limbs, you may do so at your home. Please first obtain a burn permit by completing a permit online at www.siloamsprings.com/burnpermit or by calling 479-524-3103. Do not burn other storm related trash and debris. Crews will work hard to remove storm debris as quickly as possible.
On Monday, October 21, Benton County Judge Barry Moehring signed an emergency disaster declaration after strong storms damaged several areas of Benton County. Storms swept through Siloam Springs in the very early hour of Monday. Siloam Springs Police Department staff had been monitoring the storm for several hours. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the area at 12:02 a.m. and a severe thunderstorm warning at 12:04 a.m. Residents who have signed up with Code Red received notice within seconds of the official warnings. Nearly 3,000 people were informed via the City’s emergency alert system, Code Red. Residents can register for weather warnings by texting SiloamAlert to 99411 or via the webpage at www.siloamsprings.com/siloamalert The outdoor warning system was activated at 12:13 a.m.