Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1751)
Incident period: March 18, 2008 to April 28, 2008
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 26, 2008
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
June 20, 2008
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Federal disaster aid approved for individuals and businesses in Arkansas affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred March 18 through April 28 has reached $18.7 million, state and federal disaster-recovery officials said today. Assistance for local and state agencies and certain nonprofit agencies has reached $6.1 million. Following is a summary of state and federal disaster recovery information through close of business June 12.
June 18, 2008
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Whether for home or business, Arkansans who follow Hazard Mitigation guidelines can prevent damage to property. During the March and April flooding this year, homes and businesses in flood plain areas escaped damage because their owners made adjustments to adhere to the Base Flood Elevation (BFE). The BFE is the computed elevation to which floodwater is anticipated to rise during the base flood and is also the regulatory requirement for the elevation or flood-proofing of structures.
June 13, 2008
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Only two weeks remain until the June 27 federal disaster aid deadline, officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) announced today. Friday, June 27 is the last day individuals can apply for FEMA assistance under the March 26 federal disaster declaration. The deadline is 90 days from the date when President George W. Bush issued the major disaster declaration.
June 4, 2008
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Many Arkansas residents remain without flood insurance because their home or business has never been flooded. However, for those who live in a low- to moderate-risk area, signing up for an inexpensive Preferred Risk Policy under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) makes sense. Flood damage is not covered under homeowner insurance policies, and there is no guarantee that federal assistance will be available when a flood occurs.
June 4, 2008
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- State and federal officials advise storm victims to use care when hiring contractors to repair damaged property. "Take your time hiring a contractor," said State Coordinating Officer Richard Griffin of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. "When you take the time to make sure your contractor is reputable, licensed and qualified before the work begins, you'll protect yourself from unsatisfactory work. You'll likely save money, too."
May 30, 2008
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Having served more than 2,000 visitors, state and federal officials have decided that the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Sebastian County will extend its operation through June 14. (The center was slated to close on May 31.) The hours of operation continue to be Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center is at the following location: Sebastian County (DRC) Fort Smith Events Center (across street from Howard Johnson's) 12 N. 11th St. Fort Smith, AR? 72901 (closed Sundays)