Arkansas Storm Damage Too Little for FEMA Assistance

JANUARY 23, 2007 - Posted at 7:33 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - State officials say Arkansas did not suffer enough damage in winter storm and flooding earlier this month to qualify for federal disaster assistance.

Governor Beebe has made state disaster declarations for 13 counties, making them eligible for state infrastructure assistance.

Officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency requires severe damage to at least 500 homes to make individual assistance available.  Not that many homes in Arkansas sustained severe damage.

Officials tried unsuccessfully to have Benton County covered under the federal declaration for Oklahoma because of ice storm damage.  Some state assistance is available to individuals with damage from the ice storm.

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