ID cards for residents in hardest hit areas

ID cards

April 18, 2011 8:25:56 PM PDT
Fayetteville police are patrolling for looters in some hard hit neighborhoods and as an added layer of protection, they are requiring residents in those areas to get special ID cards.

Barbecue chicken is the main menu for Tim Rafferty and his wife because they haven't had power since Saturday. But Rafferty still counts his blessings that his home still stands with what appears to be some roof and outer damage. Structurally, the home is sound.

His neighbors weren't so lucky. Annie Kelley says Saturday's tornado touched down, tearing her home apart. She's still in shock.

"Disaster, a mess, just total speechless," Kelley said.

Dozens of homes in the LaGrange neighborhoods were destroyed and damaged. Many residents like Sheryl Cox say the worst part is the feeling of helplessness.

"To experience it, it's devastating," Cox said. She lost everything.

Reverend George Johnson says he stood in his doorway watching the funnel cloud jump across his house and land on the home across the street.

"I could see trees snapping, I could see the house when it exploded," he said. "I seen trees snapping off like matchsticks."

Johnson and many of his neighbors are staying in their homes to guard what they have amid reports of looting in some areas.

On Monday, police began requiring homeowners in hard hit neighborhoods to get special ID cards that will allow them to pass through police checkpoints.

"We have had some reports of people stealing stuff in the neighborhoods, and that's why we are having the checkpoints to protect the residents from people who take advantage of the situation" police spokesperson Gavin MacRoberts said.

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