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President Obama Signs Major Disaster Declaration for Arkansas

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 6, 2009
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Arkansas and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm beginning on January 26, 2009, and continuing.
Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm in the counties of Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Craighead, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Mississippi, Newton, Searcy, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, and Washington.  
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
W. Michael Moore has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area. 
FEMA said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed. 
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