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ADEM, FEMA assess storm damage in Greene Co.

GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Representatives with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency met with Greene County officials Thursday morning to assess damage left behind from the latest round of storms.

Culverts washed out near residential areas have left some residents unable to access roads near their homes.

In the area near County Road 440, heavy rain took down the phone lines along with the culverts.

Greene County Judge Rusty McMillon said it’s a costly project to replace them and he hopes the county can get federal funds to complete those projects.

“They’re not on the shelf to buy whenever you need one and they’re pretty costly,”McMillon said. “We’re over our threshold according to our numbers and of course Arkansas Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management wants to come out and lay eyes on it themselves. We’ve provided all the documentation to them today.”

McMillon said when a large culvert is damaged on the ends, it doesn’t really serve its purpose anymore.

“Because of their size we have them on order, it’ll take a couple of weeks because they have to be made,” McMillon said. “As soon as we get those in, we’ll come back out. We’ve provided some emergency procedures as far covering the roadways back up. As long as we don’t get torrential downpour, that roadway will stay intact.”

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