Governor Seeks Federal Disaster Funds in Wake of Floods

MAY 6, 2004 - Posted at 7:21 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee has asked the Bush administration for emergency assistance in 16 counties damaged by flooding that started April 19.

State officials say they expect a decision by Friday.

Federal Emergency Management Agency teams surveyed flooded areas last week and reported their findings to the governor.

The teams estimated the state needs $8 million to fix public property and less than $500,000 for individual homes.  Of 169 homes affected by floods, sixteen homes were destroyed.

Surveyors found that roads suffered the most from the storms.

The governor is also requesting Small Business Administration low-interest loans for flood victims in those counties and contiguous counties.

Of the 18 counties that initially asked for disaster declarations, Randolph County was not included in Huckabee's request for federal funds.

The governor requested both public and individual assistance for Baxter County in Region 8, plus six additional counties in northwest Arkansas.

Huckabee requested money for public property in Jackson, Stone and Woodruff counties in Region 8.

Independence County was classified as a contiguous county in a request for low-interest loans.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)