Mena's faithful gather on Easter after twister - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mena's faithful gather on Easter after twister

MENA, Ark. (AP) - Church bells rang across this tornado-damaged town as hard rains and thunder overtook Easter hymns. The early morning showers sent debris floating down street gutters and had parishioners running into church to celebrate Easter.

At St. Agnes Church, Bishop Anthony Taylor told those gathered not to be fearful. Though he acknowledged Mena as a community was "weak and vulnerable" now, he urged them not to forget that they had the power of God on their side.

Near St. Agnes, generators powered a Baptist church hit hard by the storm. Across the street, at Mena's First Methodist Church, garbage cans and an ice cooler collected water leaking through the damaged roof.

The rains are expected to continue through much of the day Sunday, likely hampering recovery efforts from Thursday's tornado that killed three and injured 30.

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