Things North Little Rock visitors need to know about tornado season

On March 31, 2023, North Little Rock experienced a EF3 tornado that traveled through Burns Park as well as the Amboy and Indian Hills neighborhoods. Several homes were destroyed as well as businesses. The City of North Little Rock quickly responded, establishing an Emergency Operations Center and assisting citizens affected by the tornado. Recovery has begun but it will be a long process before the city will return to normal.

First and foremost, our thoughts are with those who have been directly impacted by this natural disaster.

For those visiting or traveling through North Little Rock, you need to know the following:

  • Burns Park is completely closed to the public. The Burns Park RV Park, sports facilities, trails and Funland Amusement Park are closed until further notice. Please avoid the area for your safety.
  • At this time, there may still be debris in the areas most impacted, but all roads are passable. Drive carefully.
  • Many of North Little Rock hotels are full or nearly full due to displaced residents; we encourage you to call ahead for availability.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. If you need assistance with lodging or dining information, please contact us.

If you are new to the area or visiting, please stay informed about severe weather in North Little Rock with the following resources.

Local TV channels:

Local traffic and road closures:

If you hear tornado sirens or are in a tornado warning area, here’s what the experts recommend:

  • Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway).
  • If possible, avoid sheltering in any room with windows.
  • For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress.
  • Protect your head with anything available.
  • Do not stay in a mobile home.

Photos courtesy of North Little Rock Fire Department and North Little Rock Police Department