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Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1861)

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Incident period: October 29, 2009 to November 08, 2009
Major Disaster Declaration declared on December 03, 2009


March 22, 2010 - News Release

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is sponsoring a campaign to educate consumers about floods and flood insurance.  The nationwide FloodSmart consumer campaign seeks to educate homeowners on protecting their homes and property from flooding, and on the need to understand that homeowners insurance will not cover damage from floods. 

March 16, 2010 - News Release

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --- Ninety nine percent of Arkansas homeowners and business owners do not have flood insurance.  Of the state’s past 35 presidential disaster declarations, 24 have involved a flood...that figures two out of every three occurrences involve flooding. "Both the history of flooding in this state and the many floods throughout the midsection of our nation are reminders that flooding is a serious risk to Arkansas residents and the economy," said Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin Hannes of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

March 8, 2010 - News Release

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Even if you don’t live near water your home still has a chance of being flooded. In fact, 25 to 30 percent of flood insurance claims are paid in low risk areas. But the good news is a Preferred Risk Policy provides flood protection for properties outside of high-risk areas at substantially lower premiums.

Financial Assistance

If and when individual assistance money is approved for this disaster, it will be displayed here. Information is updated every 24 hours.

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $15,536,008.76 $622,189.49 $14,420,058.27
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 07:46 (Updated daily)

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Arkansas, FEMA-1861-DR (PDF 48KB)