Arkansas Weather en Those Impacted By Storms Wait For Word On Federal Assistance <p>Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he’s waiting to hear back on his request for federal disaster assistance for areas in east Arkansas impacted by flooding.</p><p>Much of the damage was sustained by farmers who lost crops during torrential rains on June 29.&nbsp; Subsequent rainfall has only made the situation worse.</p><p>“We’ve got it in to the feds. We’ll just have to wait and see," Beebe told KUAR.&nbsp; "They have to do assessments and that’s going on as we speak."</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:31:27 +0000 Michael Hibblen 26198 at Federal Disaster Aid Sought For Arkansas Counties Impacted By Flooding <p>Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture for federal disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers affected by flooding.</p><p>Tuesday's letter seeks disaster aid for Cross, Lee, Prairie, Woodruff, Independence, Lonoke, St. Francis, Jackson, Monroe and White counties.</p><p>Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has also requested a disaster designation.</p><p>The declaration request says Arkansas has suffered damage and losses to crops and pastures from flooding that began June 29.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:30:50 +0000 Associated Press 26103 at Flash Flood Risk Continues In Arkansas <p>The rain's not over yet for most of Arkansas.</p><p>The National Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms will affect most of the state Monday, particularly in the south. Forecasters say the risk of severe weather is low, but some severe thunderstorms could develop in south Arkansas.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The weather service says damaging winds are the main threat Monday. Flash flooding is also possible in central and western Arkansas.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:18:18 +0000 Associated Press 24484 at Storms Down Trees, Power Lines In Central Arkansas <p>Storms with strong winds and heavy rain moving across Arkansas have downed trees and power lines and caused some damage in central Arkansas.</p><p>Warning coordination meteorologist John Robinson with the National Weather Service in Little Rock says winds of 60 miles per hour have been reported with the Friday afternoon storms. He says there are reports of windows blown out of buildings in Sherwood and roof damage to a building in Little Rock.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:18:29 +0000 Associated Press 24394 at Two Dead In Northeast Arkansas As Powerful Storms Move Through <p>Two people were killed by falling trees in northeast Arkansas as a powerful storm system tore through the region and knocked over trees and utility lines.</p><p>Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Brandon Morris said one man died when a tree fell on a van in the Lawrence County town of Black Rock on Thursday. In Jonesboro, Craighead County Coroner Toby Emerson said a man died in his home when a tree fell on the structure. Names of the dead weren't released, pending relatives being notified.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:29:06 +0000 Associated Press 24337 at Filing For Disaster Unemployment Assistance Ending <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The filing period for residents seeking disaster unemployment assistance after April's deadly storms is ending.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Claims by those affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began in Faulkner County April 27 must be filed by Monday.</span></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:11:50 +0000 Associated Press 24127 at 11 Counties Added To Tornado Disaster Relief Declaration <div><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Arkansas' congressional delegation says Gov. Mike Beebe has added 11 counties to the state's major disaster declaration request to help in the recovery from last month's deadly storm.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The two senators and four U.S. House members say in a news release that they wrote to President Barack Obama and the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency earlier Monday in support of Beebe's request.</span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 14:13:20 +0000 Associated Press 23173 at Storms Bring Down Trees, Cause Flooding In Arkansas <p></p><p>Cleanup is underway after storms moved through Arkansas Thursday night, bringing down trees and causing scattered power outages.</p><p>The National Weather Service is investigating whether a weak tornado touched down in the western part of the state.</p><p>“There was a mobile home in the Russellville area in Pope County that received some damage due to some high winds,” said Kathy Wright, spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. There were no reports of injuries.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 16:51:50 +0000 Michael Hibblen 23014 at Storms Bring Down Trees, Cause Flooding In Arkansas Downpour Causes Flooding In Western Arkansas <div><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">No injuries or deaths have been reported after more than a half-foot of rain inundated western Arkansas in a 24-hour period.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Weather Service says Mena received 5.68 inches of rain in a four-hour period Thursday with a daily total of more than 7 inches. The weather service says the relentless downpour caused creeks and streams to overflow and flooding over roads.</span></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 14:04:55 +0000 Associated Press 22998 at Faulkner County: EF4 Tornado Destroyed 328 Homes <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Leaders in Faulkner County say a preliminary assessment shows that 328 homes were destroyed in Sunday's tornado.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Faulkner County Attorney David Hogue says 710 homes have been assessed so far after the EF4 tornado hit the county. Along with the destroyed homes, the assessment also found 111 homes with major damage, 231 homes with minor damage and 40 homes otherwise affected.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Those numbers are preliminary as assessments continue in the county.</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 14:18:06 +0000 Associated Press 22669 at