Little Rock, AR -- Elderly and disabled homeowners still need help cleaning up after the December ice storms. Several service groups have been assisting these individuals, clearing and moving debris from private property to the public right of way. But more help is needed.
"We appreciate the efforts of these good neighbors who come forth and pitch in to help their fellow Arkansans," said Joe D. Bray, federal coordinating officer with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "Their selfless efforts do make a difference."
Disaster recovery officials set up a Special Needs Hotline for organizations willing to volunteer their time and energy to assist homeowners. Groups may call the Special Needs Coordinator at 501-570-7200 to add their names to the referral list.
"Local and county governments continue to pick up and haul away storm debris from public property," said David Maxwell, state coordinating officer with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM). "Volunteer cleanup groups can and do speed up the recovery effort."