State recovery teams assess damage from floods

Flood damage assessed
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management sent a crew to Jonesboro Monday to assess the flood damage.

The ADEM state recovery team visited homes, schools and city buildings affected by the floods in late May.

"We are doing individual assistance which is private homes and public assistance which is county and city infrastructure," State Recovery Branch Manager Jodi Lee said.

In the morning, the team went to several homes that were flooded. Lee said they will take their pictures and repair estimates back to the state level.

"We saw homes that had major damage so we will take our numbers back to the office and see what we can come up with as a recommendation to the Governor's office," Lee said.

Lee said if the state determines the flooding as a state disaster they can then come in and give state assistance for repairs.

"As individual homes, we will take the numbers back and we will see if we can turn on the state individual assistance program then if the county is eligible for that, the county, as a whole then we will open a call center," Lee said. "Residents will call in and give us a better description of damage that happened in their home."

Lee said the assessments for home is determined on a case-by-case scale.

"On individual homes it is a case by case assessment based on damage; it just depends on the severity that happened to the home," Lee said.

However, for overall county assistance, there has to be a certain threshold of damage the entire county meets.

"So once we receive the numbers from entities like the school we will take those back and see if they met the threshold for county assistance," Lee said.

The recovery team will be in Jonesboro until Tuesday assessing the damage.

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