Six counties receive federal disaster declaration
Posted: September 4, 2013 at 4:10 p.m.
One week after Gov. Mike Beebe requested that the federal government issue a disaster declaration for six Arkansas counties, the state has received it.
The announcement came in a news release Wednesday afternoon from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. The counties of Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion and Newton were labeled as disaster areas as a result of heavy rains in mid-August that led to massive flooding in the northwest and north central part of the state.
Beebe requested the declaration in a letter to President Barack Obama on Aug. 27.
As a result of the declaration, the six counties will be eligible for Public Assistance Grants, which will include emergency assistance for cleanup and repairs, as well as help with the replacement of damaged facilities, according to the release.
One of those grants, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, will be put in place to assist in taking actions towards preventing or reducing "risk to life and property from natural hazards" in the future, the release states. Only government entities and certain private, nonprofit organizations may apply for the grants.
Read more in Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.