As we enter another week of experiencing the major flooding in District 11, I ask you to join me in continued positive sentiment, prayers, and actions to help our friends and neighbors affected by the disaster.
It is my sincere desire to communicate efforts being made on many levels to bring hope and aid
to flood victims. Almost 300 people representing nearly 100 family homes were displaced in the flood. Our community certainly faces a massive clean-up effort ahead.
Over the past few weeks, I have been attempting to share the information I learn to, hopefully, assist those in need. I also attended a task force meeting conducted by local officials and volunteer groups. Just some of the aid available for flood victims includes temporary shelters, supplies, home clean-up efforts, tetanus shots for first responders and volunteers, temporary showers, portable restrooms, food, and more. The efforts may vary from county to county so please contact the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management for clarity: https://www.adem.arkansas.gov/
I have also chosen to re-run some of the information our constituents may need regarding aid and relief efforts. There has been a federal request for a disaster declaration. Once approved, flood victims can apply for disaster assistance for loses through FEMA. That number is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
According to FEMA, there is some federal emergency money available to assist Arkansans with
supplemental state and local response efforts. Be sure to apply to determine your possible eligibility.
Please remember, there are some roads that may be affected and dangerous so call or text the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) at 501-569-2374 for more information before you attempt to cross flooded roads or paths. It also may not be safe to drink well water affected by the floods until it is disinfected and tested. Contact your local health unit for more accurate information.
Consumers should also beware of “home improvement” scammers. Arkansas Act 376 of 1997 prohibits businesses from price gouging during state emergencies like the one we are currently experiencing. The Arkansas Insurance Department (AID) also announced a 60-day moratorium on non-renewable cancellation policies for non-premium payments for Arkansas flood victims. Feel free to call AID Consumer Services if you have questions at 800-852-5494.
This week, Governor Hutchinson, Judge Tindall, and I were able to tour the area and visit with some of those affected by the disaster. I was inspired by such community strength and resiliency, even amid our challenges.
I am also inspired by positive efforts of those in our community who bring hope and unity. On
Saturday I attended two such Juneteenth celebrations in McGehee and Dermott respectively. I also had the pleasure of honoring some of our retired educators for their classroom efforts. I have every confidence that our community will remain strong.
Each week I like to share informative as well as useful information that constituents might possibly use to better themselves or their communities. Finally, if you have questions about any legislation or the legislative process, feel free to contact me via e-mail at at [email protected] or by phone at 501-682-6211.