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Arkansas suffers nearly $21 million in damages after flooding

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Staff Writer | May 10, 2017
Asa Hutchinson
Disaster   Federal assistance to people and businesses

The flooding that's destroyed homes and devastated communities in parts of the Midwest has cost the state of Arkansas $21 million, as Governor Asa Hutchinson says he's working to expedite federal assistance to people and businesses in the flood zone.

Total damage costs were expected to grow and did not include losses for farmers, Hutchinson said.

On Sunday the governor toured disaster areas by helicopter along with state and federal officials including Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and members of the Arkansas congressional delegation.

Secretary Perdue traveled to the region at the request of President Trump. He offered to help the state’s farmers by promising to bring speedy assistance.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has also committed to sending a team to the hard hit state this week.

“I want your farmers in Arkansas to know that the resources of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be at their disposal,” Perdue said. “Our people are already on the ground with the FSA (Farm Service Agency).”


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