Gov. Asa Hutchinson has issued disaster declarations for 32 of Arkansas’ 75 counties following severe storms over the weekend that caused heavy flooding and extensive damage throughout the state. Those counties include Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew in Southeast Arkansas. As damage assessments continue, additional counties may be added.
The Governor’s Office has compiled a list of ongoing efforts by the state in the storm aftermath. They are as follows:
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is:
…monitoring the situation 24/7 from the State Emergency Operations Center.
…holding daily conference calls with county leadership.
…staying in constant communication with the National Weather Service.
National Guard units have been staged to assist with both sand bag operations and high water transportation.
State Police are providing additional patrols in evacuated areas.
The Department of Correction has provided inmates to assist with sand bag operations.
The Forestry Department is actively assisting with debris cleanup.
Arkansas Game and Fish is assisting with swift water rescues.
“In conjunction with General Berry, Colonel Bryant and Director Maxwell, I am actively monitoring the situation across the state and am pleased to report that agencies have been working — and continue to work — diligently on all fronts following the weekend’s severe weather,” Hutchinson said. ““As cleanup efforts are underway, the safety of our citizens continues to be my chief concern. I encourage all Arkansans to use an abundance of caution even now after the storms have passed as flood waters continue to be an issue throughout much of the state. I particularly want to express appreciation for the work of our first responders and the Department of Correction in their relief efforts.”