Izard County Storm Cleanup Continues, Governor Tours Damage

Izard County, AR (KAIT)- Oscar Crofford wants the downed trees littering the landscape outside his front door to be moved.

"It's gotta change to be something worth looking at or it's gotta be moved out," said Crofford.

He's just one of several storm victims who got a special visit Wednesday from Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, who stopped in to do a meet-and-greet with some of those hit hardest by the February 5th twister that destroyed the serenity of the normally quiet hillsides and pastures seen all around this farming community.

"My job is to show the flag and let all the people know that Arkansans really do care," said Beebe.

For Izard County Judge Rayburn Finley, Governor Beebe's visit was a welcomed one.

"We really welcome the Mike here and the people are really appreciative of him coming up here," said Finley.

"They certainly don't need my help in the kitchen serving up food for the volunteers," said Beebe. "But, they do need to know that the state of Arkansas cares and they need to know that the agencies charged with providing help and assistance are doing so."

FEMA was in Izard County a week after the storm hit. The agency's returned, offering aid and assistance to anyone who qualifies.

"Sometimes we get a little disturbed about how progress goes along," said Finley. "They've got a lot to do just like everyone else. So, in all the progress is coming along very well."

Three disaster recovery centers set up to assist victims of the February 5th tornado will be closing in the next few days.

The center in Izard County will be closing Friday, March 7th.

The Pope County Center is closing March 8th and the Sharp County Center is closing on the 8th as well.

The centers provide residents an opportunity to meet face to face with representatives from state and federal agencies to find answers to questions they may have about the storm recovery process.

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