Arkansas Severe Winter Storm (DR-1354)

Incident period: December 12, 2000 to January 8, 2001
Major Disaster Declaration declared on December 29, 2000

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

January 29, 2001
News Release
Little Rock, AR -- As cleanup continues from the December ice storms, homeowners might be tempted to turn their fallen trees and branches into firewood. Certain safety considerations should be observed before using this "free fuel" in woodstoves and fireplaces.
January 29, 2001
News Release
Little Rock, AR -- More than $8 million in disaster assistance has been obligated to Arkansas counties and communities affected by the December ice storms. The money serves as the first installment of federal aid.
January 26, 2001
News Release
Little Rock, AR -- When we look back on our lives, we find that we are most proud of what we did when it mattered the most. In Arkansas, numerous unsung heroes can be proud of what they did during this disaster. "The recent winter ice storms pulled at the very fabric of Arkansas life," said Joe Bray, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "But Arkansans are a hardy bunch. I am grateful to community and state disaster workers for their professionalism."
January 25, 2001
News Release
Little Rock, AR -- As counties clean up after the December ice storms, they are contracting with private companies to dispose of storm debris. Many counties have hired debris monitors to make sure the amount of debris claimed by their contractors is the same as the amount they actually removed. To help county debris monitors and to assist those counties without monitors, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is sending out 20 federal debris monitors to assist in the oversight of the debris removal process throughout the state.
January 25, 2001
News Release
Little Rock, AR -- From ice, to fire. More than half of Arkansas' 33,328,200 acres are covered with natural forests or timber. In the aftermath of the December ice storms, those acres are littered with branches and downed trees, creating a potential for new danger. "The threat of serious forest fires and the difficulty to control them with this much fuel on the ground is as major a threat as I have seen in my 43 years of service," said David Hammond, storm damage incident commander for the Ouachita National Forest.
January 24, 2001
News Release
Little Rock, AR -- Disaster assistance for individuals, families and businesses in the declared counties in Arkansas now exceeds $4.2 million, state and federal recovery officials said today. The following is a summary of ongoing response and recovery efforts as of the close of business, Tuesday, January 23, 2001:

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