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Nebraska News
Nebraska News
Feds deny emergency declaration for Ark. after Feb. 24 tornadoes
(2007-03-09)
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(UALR Public Radio) - The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a request from Governor Beebe for a federal disaster declaration after last month's tornadoes, saying the state and local governments are capable of providing the needed relief.

FEMA Director David Paulison says the governor specifically asked for federal assistance for Desha County and for private
individuals, including those who need temporary housing.

But he says that damage to the private sector was not so great that the state and local governments cannot take care of the needs.

Paulison says additional assistance from FEMA is not necessary.

A letter from Paulison to Beebe did not mention requests to send FEMA trailers at Hope to the storm-damaged area in Desha
County.

But U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln says the agency has agreed to work through General Services Administration to get 30 travel trailers and mobile homes to the county for residents there.

The February 24th storms injured 27 people in Dumas, destroyed or damaged 150 homes, and put at least 800 people out of work in the small town.

For days, the town was without electricity and residents had to boil their drinking water as a health precaution.

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