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Local & Regional News
6:03 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Disaster Declarations For Farmers Impacted By Storm In Two Counties

U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers in two Arkansas counties that suffered losses and damage due to high winds and hail that occurred on Oct. 7.

Responding to requests from Gov. Mike Beebe, Vilsack issued the primary county disaster declarations in Craighead and Mississippi counties. Additionally, Crittenden, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, and Poinsett counties were named as contiguous disaster counties.

Local & Regional News
6:22 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

More Than $1.6 Million In Grants To Help Faulkner County

The devastation after a tornado hit Mayflower on April 28.
Credit James Bryant

Members of the state's federal delegation have announced more than $1.6 million in economic development grants for Faulkner County for expansion of disaster recovery efforts and water, sewer and road infrastructure projects.

The funding is provided by the Economic Development Administration to promote job creation and foster disaster resiliency in communities affected by devastating storms.

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Local & Regional News
9:56 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Rally This Weekend To Call For Reopening Albert Pike For Overnight Use

Entrance to the Albert Pike Campground in southwest Arkansas.

A rally is planned for this weekend in support of reopening the Albert Pike campground for overnight use.

Overnight camping has been prohibited at the south Arkansas campground since 2010, when 20 people died in powerful flash flood after the Little Missouri River rose more than 20 feet in less than four hours.

The site is now open during daylight hours but not for overnight camping. It's owned by the U.S. Forest Service.

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Local & Regional News
2:14 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Governor Beebe Touring Flood Damage In East Arkansas

Gov. Mike Beebe is touring damage caused by ongoing flooding in an east Arkansas city.

The governor plans to visit Brinkley on Tuesday afternoon and tour damage caused by the flooding, which began with torrential rains on June 29. Beebe will be joined by the Brinkley mayor to tour flooded areas.

Parts of the city remain flooded more than a week after the heavy rainfall.

Beebe's office says they're currently awaiting results from damage assessments.

Local & Regional News
8:11 am
Tue April 15, 2014

NWS Confirms First Arkansas Tornado Of 2014

The National Weather Service has confirmed Arkansas' first tornado of 2014.

Forecasters in Tulsa, Okla., say an EF1 tornado hit Sunday evening in a rural area of Franklin County in western Arkansas. The weather service says the twister touched down at 8:45 p.m. about 1 mile south-southeast of the community of Vesta before lifting and touching down again in the Peter Pender area.

The weather service says the tornado's path was 5.4 miles long with a maximum width of 450 yards.

Local & Regional News
12:59 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Torrential Rainfall Expected In Arkansas Wednesday And Thursday

The National Weather Service is predicting torrential rainfall across Arkansas on Wednesday and Thursday.

A slow moving cold front will move into the western part of the state Wednesday afternoon and rain will begin to develop. It will become widespread overnight.

Heavy rain will continue throughout the day Thursday and should taper off by late Thursday afternoon.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Tabitha Clark says the moisture that is currently in place will interact with the cold front and cause the potential for flash flooding.

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Local & Regional News
4:49 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Rules For Rescuers Can't Predict Storm Turns

The chief of enforcement for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says there's no sign that a wildlife officer and the Scott County sheriff violated regulations when they tried to rescue two women during a flash flood May 31.

Game officer Joel Campora, Sheriff Cody Carpenter and the two women died, along with a fifth person, after the Fourche LaFave River surged after heavy rains fell near Y City.

Local & Regional News
7:13 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Funeral Set For Wildlife Officer Killed In Floods

Funeral services have been scheduled for an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer who died while trying to help rescue two women from rising floodwaters.

Commission spokesman Keith Stephens said in a Wednesday news release that services for Wildlife Officer 1st Class Joel Campora will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Waldron High School football field. Stephens says Game and Fish Commission commissioners plan to attend the service.

Campora died alongside Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter last Friday while trying to save the women from flash floods.

Severe Weather
9:28 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Police: 'Confirmed Fatalities' In Arkansas Floods

Arkansas State Police say there are "confirmed fatalities" in western Arkansas where a county sheriff and game warden went missing in floodwaters overnight.

State police spokesman Bill Sadler would not say how many deaths were confirmed from the flooding or whether they involve the missing sheriff and warden.

Sadler says the pair went missing while checking on a home in the Y City area where floodwaters had risen.

A dispatcher with the Scott County Sheriff's Office says flooding is widespread and water rescues are underway in the county.

Severe Weather
9:14 am
Fri May 31, 2013

More Heavy Storms On Tap For The Midwest

Authorities say a driver died when strong winds knocked a tree onto his car in rural Arkansas as thunder storms and several tornadoes swept through the Midwest.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office says the man was killed late Thursday in Tull, 30 miles southwest of Little Rock.

The National Weather Service says up to a dozen tornadoes touched down in Arkansas and Oklahoma on Thursday, injuring nine people and damaging several structures.

More bad weather is on tap for Friday.

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