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Faulkner County, Ark. — President Barack Obama will come to Arkansas Wednesday to tour areas devastated by the April 27 EF4 tornado. Hardest hit were Vilonia and Mayflower in this county.
The tornado wrecked a three-quarter-mile-wide and 40-mile-long path of destruction starting near Ferndale and ending up near El Paso in White and Pulaski Counties, which also have been declared disaster areas. Also declared a disaster area is Randolph County, which although not hit by the tornado suffered flash flood damage. The President’s tour route has not been made public.
Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and FEMA specialists have been going door to door here in Faulker county to help register survivors quickly, and FEMA has set up mobile registration centers in Vilonia and Mayflower.
Disaster victims can also register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by Smart Phone, at m.fema.gov or you can call 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585, or 711-Relay or Video Ray call 1-800-621-3362. These phones will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
For miscellaneous information on relief for Faulkner County, go to www.faulknerrelief.com.
FEMA officials are also in Randolph County today and are expected to set up contacts sites later this afternoon.
Randolph County suffered flash flood damage to its approximately thousand miles of gravel roads. The flood waters from the storm damaged culverts, bridge approaches and tore up roads. A damage estimate to county roads is approximately $725,000, according to a spokesman for Randolph County. So far 20 homeowners have reported flood damage to their homes. This included basement flooding and minimal interior flooding. FEMA contact numbers and sites will be announced. Watch the Hill ’n Holler for more details.