USA – Arkansas Governor Submits Federal Disaster Declaration for 31 Counties

Governor Asa Hutchinson submitted his formal request for a federal disaster declaration to the Trump administration for 31 Arkansas counties affected by severe storms, flooding and tornadoes in April and May.

“With the completion of the thorough damage assessment by FEMA and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, I am now formally requesting that President Trump issue a federal disaster declaration for the the state of Arkansas as a result of the severe storms and flooding that devastated 31 counties and caused more than $13 million in damage.

“I am hopeful that this request will result in some relief for those still reeling from the damage caused by the storms of the last two months.”

Governor Hutchinson requested the declaration for Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Cleburne, Conway, Craighead, Cross, Faulkner, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Mississippi, Montgomery, Newton, Ouachita, Perry, Poinsett, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington, White, Woodruff and Yell counties.

Governor Hutchinson declared the affected counties as state disaster areas earlier in May. Due to the extensive nature of the flooding and the inaccessibility of certain areas, the in-depth damage assessment for the federal declaration of emergency took longer to complete.

Arkansas Guard Responds to Flooding, May 2017. Credit: Screen grab from video by Spc. Stephen Wright, Arkansas National Guard

Flood Summary

Last updated: May 8, 2017
Event
South and Midwest USA, April to May 2017
Date
April 28, 2017
Type
Flash flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Clever
B - Cape Girardeau
C - Crocker
D - Valley Park
E - Eureka Springs
F - Springdale
G - Fayetteville
H - Hindsville
I - Pocahontas
J - Pacific

Magnitude

Rainfall level
215.9 mm in 24 hours
Savoy, Washington County, Arkansas - April 29 to April 30, 2017
Rainfall level
199.39 mm in 24 hours
Guy, Faulkner County, Arkansas - April 29 to April 30, 2017
Rainfall level
198.62 mm in 24 hours
Georgetown, White County, Arkansas - April 29 to April 30, 2017
River level
11.71 metres
Meramec River at Valley Park - May 2 to May 2, 2017
The Meramec at Valley Park stood at 38.43 feet on Tuesday, 02 May, above the 25 feet (7.62 metres) major flood stage.
River level
8.82 metres
Black River, Pocahontas, Arkansas - May 2 to May 2, 2017
A record level of 28.95 feet / 8.82 metres was reached along the Black River at Pocahontas (Randolph County) on 02 May, 2017, breaking the previous record of 28.5 feet / 8.69 metres set in late April, 2011. Major flood stage is 25 feet / 7.62 metres.

Damages

Fatalities
6 people
Missouri - April 29 to May 3, 2017
Evacuated
111 people
Missouri - April 29 to May 2, 2017
Evacuated
500 people
Arkansas - April 29 to May 2, 2017
Rescued
143 people
Missouri - April 29 to May 2, 2017
Fatalities
7 people
Arkansas - April 29 to May 2, 2017

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