Arkansas Weather

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Survivor Assistance teams are visiting residents in 9 Arkansas counties affected by the recent storms and flooding.

The relief agency said Wednesday that teams will visit Crawford, Garland, Howard, Jefferson, Little River, Miller, Perry, Sebastian and Sevier counties.

Residents in those counties who suffered damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during May and June during may be eligible for disaster assistance.

Flood Waters

Residents in nine Arkansas counties declared disaster areas because of recent storms, tornadoes and flooding may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance. 

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President Barack Obama has issued a disaster declaration for nine Arkansas counties because of recent storms, tornadoes and flooding.

The declaration makes federal funds available for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans and other programs for individuals in Crawford, Garland, Howard, Jefferson, Little River, Miller, Perry, Sebastian, and Sevier counties.

The declaration comes as the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 71 in southwestern Arkansas are closed because of high water.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management director David Maxwell (right) and Arkansas Natural Resources Commission executive director Randy Young (left) testify to a joint meeting of legislative committees on levees and flooding.
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Arkansas officials do not have an accurate count of the number of levees in the state, many local levee districts are defunct, and the state and federal government often lack the authority to do anything about it. All the while, some levee fees are still being collected by boards whose members are no longer living.

American Red Cross On Standby In Case Of More Flooding

Jun 18, 2015

In preparation for the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill, The American Red Cross says it has disaster teams staged around Arkansas to set up shelters and provide assistance if needed because of the storm.

Severe flood waters caused by heavy rains starting May 6 have begun to receed. However, the recent storm is still expected to bring a lot of rain, winds and the risk of tornadoes.

National Weather Service

Weather officials say isolated tornados are still possible in Arkansas and Oklahoma as Tropical Depression Bill moves north.

Meteorologist Brynn Kerr with the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center said Wednesday that there were no reports of tornados overnight. He says conditions are conducive for weaker tornados that typically form quickly, stay weak and last a short time.

Kerr said the bigger problem in Arkansas will likely be saturation from the expected rainfall.

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With water receding after recent floods, Arkansans are left with a mess to clean up.

High water inundated parts of the state, particularly along the Arkansas and Red rivers, after recent heavy rains. Farmers and ranchers were hit hard - to the point that the governor has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for help.

Governor Hutchinson Seeks Federal Help For Growers Impacted By Flooding

Jun 9, 2015
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GARLAND CITY, ARK. — Gov. Asa Hutchinson is preparing to ask for a federal disaster declaration for 37 Arkansas counties impacted by flooding.

On Tuesday, he toured damage along the Red River in the southwest corner of the state.

"Being able to fly over the flood area is about as eye-opening as you can imagine. It's much more informative really than being on the ground," Hutchinson told reporters at the foot of the U.S. Highway 82 bridge that crosses the Red River in Garland City. That bridge has been closed for more than a week, with water covering the roadway.

Communities in central and southwest Arkansas are preparing for more river flooding as record rainfall from Oklahoma makes its way downriver.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management activated its emergency operations center Monday after high water reports.

Officials have helped evacuate people in Miller and Jefferson counties but no injuries have been reported.

The National Weather Service reports major flooding along the Arkansas River in northwest and central Arkansas and along the Red River near the Texas border.

Flood Waters

Some southwest Arkansas residents are leaving their homes ahead of expected flooding along the Red River.

Miller County Emergency Management Deputy Director Terry Purvis said Sunday that residents in Garland City were leaving as the river rises about an inch-and-a-half per hour. The town of about 250 residents is about 20 miles south of Texarkana.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning until further notice for areas along the river as the U.S. Corps of Engineers releases water from flooded lakes and reservoirs upstream in Oklahoma.