Beebe Declares Disaster Area in Crittenden County

EDMONSON, AR - Governor Mike Beebe has declared Crittenden County a state disaster area due to damage caused by thunderstorms and tornadoes on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

The declaration, which also includes Lincoln County, releases $100,000 from the Governor's Disaster Fund to be used by the Arkansas Dept of Emergency Management through the Individual Assistance Program.  Affected residents in both counties can apply for assistance at their local Dept. of Human Services offices beginning Monday.

The Crittenden County DHS office is located at 401 South Airport Road in West Memphis.  The office phone number is 870-732-5170.

Three people were injured in the storm near Edmonson, where high winds also destroyed two mobile homes.

Preliminary damage assessments are being conducted to determine the extent and amount of damage.