On April 27, 2011 an EF5 rated tornado touched down along Mississippi Highway 25 and damaged or destroyed a 3 mile long by 1/2 mile wide area of the Town of Smithville. An estimated 25 percent of the Town's total housing stock was destroyed. The Town Hall, Police Station, and Post Office were destroyed. The largest employer, a furniture manufacturer, was destroyed and temporarily relocated. The Smithville School and the town's only grocery store were heavily damaged. The Town of Smithville was listed in a Federal Disaster Declaration on April 29, 2011.
On June 1, 2011 community leaders gathered for a Community Recovery Organizational meeting. At this meeting the Advisory Committee, Housing Sector, Education Sector, Infrastructure Sector, Infrastructure Sector, Economic Development Sector, and Community Services Sector were established. This marked the beginning of a whole community approach to the recovery process with the goal of restoring and strengthening all sectors of the community. The process will include: