Meeting in Fort Smith to monitor and assist in flooding disaster

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Multi-agency local and state emergency management, local and government departments are meeting to help “jointly manage” the recent flooding disaster in the River Valley, according to a news release.

The gathering will be Tuesday, May 28, at noon at the Fort Smith Convention Center, 55 S. 7th Street.

Topics of discussion include the community on the Arkansas River as it nears its predicted crest, pressing needs and coordinated responses to address needs for immediate and long-term.

The area impacted encompasses five counties, three in Arkansas (Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin) and two in Oklahoma (LeFlore, Sequoyah), as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.

There are almost 300,000 people in Fort Smith who live, work, shop, and use medical services there.   

Watch the news conference below:

Those on hand for the news conference:

STATE:

  •  Arkansas Dept. of Emergency Management (ADEM) — PIO Melody Daniels

SEBASTIAN COUNTY:

  • Dept. of Emergency Management (SCDEM) — Dir. Kendall Beam & Dep. Dir. Travis Cooper
  • County Judge David Hudson
  • County Administrator Jeff Turner
  • Road Superintendent Jim Carter

CITY OF FORT SMITH:

  • Mayor George B. McGill
  • City Administrator Carl E. Geffken
  • Engineering Dept. Dir. Stan Snodgrass, P.E.: engineering, mapping projected residential and city flooding.
  • Fire Chief Phil Christensen
  • Interim Police Chief Danny Baker
  • Utility Dept. Dir. Jerry Walters & Dep. Dir. Lance McAvoy​​​​​​
  • IT Services Dir. Russell Gibson — mapping projected residential and other city flooding; Geographical Information System (GIS) & Master Address Guide;  Continuity of Operations. 

PRIVATE SECTOR:

  • Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce Pres. & CEO Tim Allen

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