JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Governor Asa Hutchinson has requested a federal disaster declaration for 31 Arkansas counties, including many in Region 8, following recent storms, tornadoes, and flooding.
Hutchinson requested the declaration for Baxter, Clay, Cleburne, Craighead, Cross, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, Randolph, White, and Woodruff counties.
Preliminary damage assessments estimate more than $13 million in damages, according to a statement from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.
The request is for public and individual assistance services, including direct funding for affected counties and individuals, hazard mitigation funds, and Small Business Administration disaster loans.
In his formal request to the Trump administration, Hutchinson stated:
Other counties included in the request are Benton, Boone, Carroll, Conway, Faulkner, Fulton, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Newton, Ouachita, Perry, Prairie, Pulaski, Saline, Washington, and Yell.
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