State leaders prepare for Hurricane Laura’s impact

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — State leaders prepare for the impact Hurricane Laura could have in Arkansas.

Govenor Hutchinson issued an emergency declaration today.

$250,000 of emergency funds will go towards preparations and handling the damages left behind by the storm.

The govenor says he is expecting flooding and high winds, mainly in south Arkansas.

“This could be where it actually enters the state of Arkansas as tropical storm which means it has high level of sustained winds and that would raise the level of concern even to a higher level,” Hutchinson said.

He says he has search and rescue teams on standby and has activated the Emergency Operating Center.

Arkansas Task Force One is preparing ahead of Hurricane Laura’s anticipated arrival in the Natural State.

The agency is made up of both Northwest Arkansas and Central Arkansas members.

The boats you see now are just one of many life saving pieces of equipment they’re ready to use as Hurricane Laura is expected to cause major flooding in parts of the state.

John Luther with the Washington County Department of Emergency Management says his team is ready for whatever the storm may bring.

“They’re prepared to work, day or night, you know rain snow or shine, whatever the conditions may be,” Luther said.

In order to keep his team safe, Luther asks for you to be cautious when driving in flooded areas, and turn around when you see blocked off roads.

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