FEMA officials say focus is keeping Arkansas River from overwhelming levees

River Valley News

Many regions across the Natural State have been left with serious damage or are continuing to see impacts of recent flooding. 

With the authorization of FEMA to the state, 16 counties along the Arkansas River will now receive funding. 

FEMA external affairs officer Daniel Green said that while the flooding is still ongoing the goal is to ensure that as much of the Arkansas River stays within its levees as possible.  
 
“At this point, the flood is still ongoing, so the governor has requested an emergency declaration, where we provide direct federal assistance to the state government to help ensure that as much of the Arkansas River stays within its levees as possible,” Green said.

Green said that as soon as flooding stops and a damage assessment is made, they will then determine whether the state will request a disaster declaration. He stresses that if you are in need of assistance, the most important resource you have is your local government. 

Green said if  you do encounter damage make sure to document everything. 

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