President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for 11 counties in Arkansas that were hit by tornadoes, severe storms and flooding from May 30 through June 3.
The declaration signed Tuesday orders federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in Cleburne, Cross, Independence, Montgomery, Poinsett, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Stone, Van Buren, and Woodruff counties.
Gov. Mike Beebe has sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a major disaster declaration for 12 Arkansas counties that were affected by severe storms, tornadoes and floods beginning in late May.
Beebe's office said Tuesday that those 12 counties are Cleburne, Cross, Garland, Independence, Montgomery, Poinsett, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Stone, Van Buren and Woodruff.
The governor's office says the disaster declaration would make Arkansas eligible to receive federal aid to help the state, cities and counties recover from infrastructure damage.
The National Weather Service says Arkansas will get a break from the summer heat this week.
Rain and thunderstorms are predicted for most of the state. Forecasters say northwest Arkansas should see rain beginning Monday morning, with the front moving to the central and southern parts of the state Monday afternoon and evening.
Forecasters say some isolated storms could be severe, but a widespread outbreak isn't expected.