Governor Hutchinson sends letter to President Trump requesting Federal Disaster Declaration

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Governor Asa Hutchinson has submitted his request for a Federal Disaster Declaration to President Donald Trump for Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Jefferson, Perry, Pulaski, Sebastian, and Yell counties in Arkansas due to the historic flooding along the Arkansas River. 

Estimates for debris removal and emergency protective measure for local and state government is estimated at $8,582,910. As stated in the request, the state expects the additional infrastructure losses to be in excess of $100 million.

Preliminary damage assessments (PDAs) estimated a cost of $27,198,644 is needed to cover the cost of temporary housing, repair, and replacement housing, as well as provide for other needs required by citizens of these communities.

You can view the Governor’s letter HERE

“It’s important to note that these are early estimates on damages from a flood of historic proportion, and there’s no doubt in my mind that the final damage assessments will be record breaking, as well,” said Governor Hutchinson.

“These preliminary estimates are based upon assessments while the water is still in place. As the water recedes, we will have a clearer picture of the overall damage in the state, but it’s important to get this information in as quickly as possible so that the President can have the information needed to act.”

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