FEMA assessing storm damage in Poinsett County

POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – A team from FEMA was in Poinsett County Wednesday morning to continue planning for the federal disaster aid made available after inclement weather in June.

Poinsett County Judge Charles Nix says the aid will supplement county road damage and recovery efforts Harrisburg, where flood waters damaged a bridge and a city-owned building.

"As far as the county (road damage), primarily road erosion especially around Crowley's Ridge. We had erosion on the ridge and we had a high incident of water. It cut the roads in two."

Judge Nix says the bridge on East South St. in Harrisburg is one of the most expensive projects that was discussed at the meeting in Harrisburg. "Probably about a $200,000 project," he said. "The undercarriage of the bridge washed out."

The "kick-off meeting" focused on how FEMA specialists would document and tour areas to get a financial estimate on public assistance, which is assistance for damaged facilities and roads.

"That gives them the chance to sit down at the table and discuss with us basically what our projects are going to be and just kind of an overall view of what they'll be, and also an overall view of what to expect from FEMA and what they're looking for."

Judge Nix said assistance for the nearly 20 individuals who filed damage reports has yet to be discussed.

Poinsett is one of 11 Arkansas counties to receive federal and state disaster declarations as a result of storms, tornadoes and flooding during the period of May 30 to June 3.

FEMA engineers are scheduled to tour Harrisburg  damage Thursday, July 25, and Poinsett County damage Monday, July 29.

Judge Nix said it is not too late to file a damage report. Contact the Poinsett County Judge's office about filing a damage report at (870) 578-5333.

Copyright 2013 KAIT. All rights reserved.