Main Content

Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Associated Flooding (DR-1975)

Incident period: April 14, 2011 to June 03, 2011
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 02, 2011


September 29, 2015 - News Release

DENTON, Texas – The state of Arkansas has been awarded more than $2.7 million for the replacement of the Bella Vista Lake Dam in Bentonville. This comes in the aftermath of the 2011 severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.The storms and ensuing flooding overtopped the entire length of the Bella Vista Lake Dam resulting in extensive erosion; a loss of support beneath the dam’s concrete slope cover; and damage to much of the structure’s other sections of concrete.

August 31, 2011 - News Release

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- In the months since flooding devastated much of northern and eastern Arkansas, flood insurance policy sales in the state have increased by more than 5 percent, and six communities have either joined or re-entered the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

August 16, 2011 - News Release

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Avondale Elementary School in West Memphis will receive more than $1 million to help build a community safe room designed to save lives during tornadoes and other severe weather events. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said the $1,044,692 award to the Marion School District will cover 75 percent of the $1,392,923 cost of the project. The funds are awarded to the state through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

Geographic Information

Map of declared counties for [Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Associated Flooding (DR-1975)]

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

Individuals & Household Program (IHP): Provides money and services to people in Presidentially declared disaster areas.

Housing Assistance (HA): Provides assistance for disaster-related housing needs.

Other Needs Assistance (ONA): Provides assistance for other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation, and medical.

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved: Total Individual & Households Program - Dollars Approved* Total Housing Assistance - Dollars Approved* Total Other Needs Assistance - Dollars Approved*
Total Amount 4,291 $24,301,705.18 $20,730,107.34 $3,571,597.84
Last Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017 - 03:01 (Updated daily)

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 $50,596,048.89 $8,773,797.96 $40,079,060.93
Last Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017 - 08:12 (Updated daily)

Related Links


Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Arkansas, FEMA-1975-DR (PDF 18KB)