U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) last week sent a letter to the President and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate in support of Governor Mike Beebe’s request for a major disaster declaration for six counties in Arkansas.
The delegation’s letter comes in response to severe storms
and flooding in August that caused extensive power outages and storm debris. The
state and local communities are working to clean up and rebuild, but federal
assistance is needed to fully recover.
The full text of the letter can
be found here:
We are writing in support of Governor Mike Beebe’s
request for a major disaster declaration for the following counties in Arkansas:
Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, and Newton.
on August 8, 2013, and continuing through August 14, 2013, these counties
experienced destructive storms and disastrous flooding. The storms brought
elevated winds and more than 15 inches of rain, which broke several all-time
records. The storms caused power outages for 4,000 electrical customers and left
the affected communities inundated with tremendous amounts of storm debris.
Preliminary assessments indicate that the most severe impact was to roadways and
public facilities. As we see in many crises, people have come to the aid of
their neighbors and the state has worked tirelessly to mitigate loss, but
further assistance is needed.
Pursuant to the provision of
Section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance
Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5207 (Stafford Act), and implemented by 44 CFR § 206.36,
we ask that Arkansas receive a major disaster declaration for these counties due
to the damage assessed. We would also like to specifically request Public
Assistance (Categories A-G) for the counties listed above and Hazard Mitigation
As you know, the State of Arkansas and its rural
districts are working tirelessly to save lives and begin the process of cleaning
up and ultimately rebuilding. All available resources at the state and local
level, including the Arkansas National Guard, are being used, but greater
federal assistance is needed to help our communities recover. Arkansas is a
predominantly rural state and this series of disasters has exceeded the ability
of our local government to respond. The past several years have been
particularly difficult for Arkansas residents due to numerous severe weather
events. We appreciate the financial assistance received as a result of several
federal disaster and emergency declarations, many of which impacted the same
communities still in the recovery process, and the quick, comprehensive response
of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. We hope that a similar response
will follow this disaster.
We respectfully request your swift
consideration and approval of this request. If you have any questions or need
additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.