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Faulker & Randolph Counties, Ark. — FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and state officials are out in the field today doing what a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) describes as an ongoing process in an effort to calculate a preliminary damage figure for the April 27 tornado.
This, in the wake of President Barack Obama’s visit to Vilonia Wednesday when he promised Arkansas that the federal government would be there in the recovery and rebuilding process for communities that were literally wiped off the map by the deadly EF4 tornado that wrecked a 40-mile path of destruction. He told Vilonia residents that $l.2 million in federal funds were already in the bank to help in personal recovery.
In Randolph County, where flash flooding caused by the April 27 storms, a FEMA disaster relief intake center is being set up at the Pocahontas Community Center at 300 Geneva Drive in the swimming pool complex. FEMA will be there to take applications for individual damage beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday.
Preliminary road and bridge damages to Randolph County’s thousand miles of gravel roads are estimated at $785,000. A county spokesman said so far about 20 persons have contacted the county about flood damage to their homes.