Monday, April 03, 2006

Storm Damage: Arkansas Needs Immediate Federal Relief

After spending most of the day surveying the storm and tornado damage in Cross and Greene Counties, I have sent a letter to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting his immediate assistance in the recovery process.

The destruction is significant, with damage spanning over a quarter-mile wide in some places. Many residents are displaced and have only begun to assess the property loss from damaged homes and businesses. I am asking FEMA to send temporary housing immediately, particularly the mobile homes located in Hope, Arkansas that the agency never used to assist victims in the Gulf Coast. I have also asked the President to issue a disaster declaration for this region so individuals and business owners can apply for government assistance.