MAYFLOWER, Ar. (WKYT) - Jennifer McCracken grew up in Frankfort, but she's lived in Conway, Arkansas for about nine years now. That's about five miles away from Mayflower and Vilonia. McCracken says she didn't waste time jumping in to help.
McCracken says she wasn't expecting the storms to be bad, but when she got an alert on her phone, she took cover with her family. They're fine and there's no damage to their house, but just a few miles away, it's a much different picture.
We knew that it had missed us but it was still very scary thinking what these phones were facing that were just 5 miles down the road from us. It's almost like you go from nothing to devastation. It's just really bad," McCracken said.
McCracken spent the day in Mayflower cleaning up. She works at Hendrix College. She says the school emphasizes volunteer work and she's trying to embody that.
I wanted to help in any way that I can because I can't imagine what they're going through. There's probably 15 to 20 people helping them cut up trees. There's a tree on top of the roof at the church," she said.
McCracken hopes that help keeps rolling in to Arkansas.
"It's going to take weeks to clean this up," she said.
McCracken says a lot of the student-athletes from Hendrix will be heading to Mayflower and and Vilonia throughout the week to help clean up.