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Governor Beebe Requests Federal Disaster Declaration for Winter Storm Damage

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a major disaster declaration for 15 Arkansas counties impacted by ice and snow damage caused by the winter storm that began on December 5. Those counties include Crawford, Franklin, Independence, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Newton, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sharp, and Van Buren.

The declaration would make Arkansas eligible to receive federal aid to help the State, cities and counties recover from infrastructure damage. State-and-federal damage assessments totaled more than $8.6 million.

One death was attributed to the storm, and about 62,000 electrical customers lost power statewide.