Arkansas flooding damages farming communities - state officials working to respond
| 03.28.2008 | 08:57:46 | Views: 3559 | ID:
March 28 '08: The Associated Press reported in Arkansas that recent flooding - which could be the worst the state has seen in 100 years - has left 35 counties under a state of emergency. One death has been reported as well. The heavy flooding also has devastated the winter wheat crops Reuters reported.
According to the AP, the flooding began "with storms March 17 in the Midwest, and federal and state officials have been able to assess the damage only where the water has receded. ... The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning Thursday for the White River downstream from the town of Des Ark, northeast of Little Rock, and forecasters said flooding at Clarendon in Monroe County could be the worst in 25 years."Arkansas Online reported Governor Mike Beebe requesting "infrastructure and housing repair funding after teams with FEMA and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management complete preliminary flood-damage assessments in affected counties," according to state spokesman Grant Tennille. Currently, Army Corps of Engineers are working to contain some of the flooding. Officials have said the flooding could last weeks. Officials said the wheat crop damage was extensive but that until the waters receded, there would not be a proper estimate of the total damage inflicted. National Blueprint Tags: Response & Containment, Economic & Infrastructure, Citizen & Community.
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