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May 23, 2001
News Release
Little Rock, AR -- The FEMA/ADEM Disaster Field Office will close Thursday, May 31. It was established to administer assistance programs available to Arkansas residents and business owners in the 67 declared counties, as well as municipalities, state and local governments and certain eligible private non-profit entities, as a result of the Presidential disaster declaration on Dec. 29, 2000. The declaration was in response to damages and losses resulting from the ice storms beginning Dec. 12.
May 9, 2001
News Release
Little Rock, AR -- Even though the fuel on the ground of forest lands across the state is up to ten times more than normal due to the December ice storms, Arkansas residents, because of early May rains, can rest a little easier that the threat of run-away wildfires has temporarily subsided.
May 1, 2001
News Release
Little Rock, AR -- The Office of the Inspector General-Audits Division delivered the audit report on Disaster 1354 Arkansas/Pine Bluff to the Acting Director of FEMA Region VI Gary Jones on Monday April 30, 2001. A copy of this report was also forwarded to the City of Pine Bluff. Earlier last week Acting Central District Audit Manager Tonda L. Hadley, along with several federal and state officials, met with the mayor and other local officials and briefed them on this report.
April 25, 2001
News Release
Little Rock, AR -- Columbia County Judge John Blair met today with federal officials in Little Rock to discuss the debris removal project underway due to the December ice storms. The amount of debris removed in Columbia County has far surpassed that of the nine surrounding counties. Technical Assistance Coordinators are reviewing work done by the contractor, prior to any further payments. To date, $6.37 million has been disbursed to Columbia County as reimbursement for eligible debris removal.
April 25, 2001
News Release
Little Rock, AR -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Arkansas Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) processed projects totaling $2,700,000 in the city of North Little Rock. This figure represents several combined categories. Work consists of a combination of debris removal from city owned power line right of ways and restoration of electrical power throughout the city. These funds will be released to the county from ADEM and are funded by FEMA.
April 23, 2001
News Release
Little Rock, AR -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Arkansas Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) are renewing their efforts to caution Arkansas residents of the extreme danger of wildfires in coming months. "We feel it a high priority to issue caution to residents of the very real threat of wildfires due to the increased debris on the ground from the December ice storms," said Joe D. Bray, federal coordinating officer.
April 21, 2001
News Release
Little Rock, AR -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Tuesday that federal funding for eligible debris removal from the December ice storms will continue to be reimbursed to Arkansas cities and counties at 100 percent through June 28. The extension is only for cities and counties that have not completed removal of eligible debris. After June 28, the federal government will no longer fund debris removal for the ice storms.
April 19, 2001
News Release
Little Rock, AR -- Assistant State Forester Don McBride recently met with representatives of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stating, "Arkansas has the potential to have one of the worst fire seasons in its history. With the massive amount of fuel on the ground, wildfires will burn extremely hot and fast and be difficult to control and contain."
April 17, 2001
News Release
Little Rock, AR -- The remaining $2.26 in funds from Public Assistance processed projects will be released to Clark County from the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) and are funded by The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Soon after the December ice storms were declared a federal disaster, FEMA released an initial payment of $560,000 to Clark County to expedite the cleanup of eligible debris. Totaled processed projects in the county totals $2.82 million. Work consists of eligible debris removal from county roads and right of ways.
April 17, 2001
News Release
Little Rock, AR -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Arkansas Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) processed projects totaling $1.7 million in Garland County. Work consists of debris removal from county roads and right of ways. These funds will be released to the county from ADEM and are funded by FEMA. President George W. Bush determined that the reimbursement rate for eligible debris removal in this disaster would be increased to 100 percent.

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