At approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday winds blew a horse barn adjacent to the rodeo arena at the University of Arkansas at Monticello off its foundation. The barn was blown across the rodeo parking area and damaged three livestock trailers. The barn housed 11 horses owned by students who are members of the UAM rodeo team. None of the horses were injured during the storm, according to Rusty Jones, rodeo coach.
Winds also snapped a power line that ran east to west across the parking area. That area has been secured by UAM’s Department of Public Safety and Entergy crews are working to repair the power line.
Minor damage was sustained by UAM’s Indoor Practice Facility at the north end of Convoy Leslie-Cotton Boll Stadium. Three of four roll up doors were blown off their tracks but remained closed.
“We are fortunate that no one was injured during last night’s storm,” said UAM Chancellor Dr. Jack Lassiter. “While we regret the loss of property, we are gratified that everyone, including our rodeo livestock, came through the incident unscathed. I commend our Department of Public Safety as well as the Monticello Fire Department and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management for their rapid response.”