U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman yesterday joined Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) to announce that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a major disaster declaration for the state, allowing local communities to recover from severe storms and flooding this August.
“Arkansans are doing everything
they can to put their lives back together, but cleaning up the damage and debris
has required significant time, manpower, and funds,” Pryor
said. “This critical investment will reinforce their efforts and ensure
families and businesses can get back on their feet.”
“I am pleased that
FEMA recognizes the need for assistance in Northwest Arkansas,” Boozman
said. “These funds are crucial to helping families, businesses and
communities cleanup, rebuild and move forward.”
“The severe weather last
month may have damaged property and homes, but it hasn’t dampened Arkansans’
spirit. This disaster declaration will augment the work the people of Arkansas
have already taken up in rebuilding our state,” said
“I appreciate FEMA acting quickly to approve
Arkansas’s request for disaster assistance, which will help those affected by
last month’s storms get their lives back to normal,” said
"Access to federal assistance is critical to help Third
District Arkansans recover from this summer's devastating storms. I am grateful
for this declaration,” said Womack.
"I’m pleased the
process worked as intended—these counties sought a federal disaster declaration,
which, now granted, triggers eligibility to apply for and receive
already-appropriated funds," said Cotton. "By adhering to
well-established procedures taxpayers remain protected while people of these
communities see the benefit of federal aid in their time of need."
this designation, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, and Newton counties
will be eligible to apply for Public Assistance for emergency work and the
repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. All Arkansas counties will
also be eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant
Program, which helps prevent or reduce long-term risks to life and property.