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Arkansas governor declares emergency because of flooding

by The Associated Press | June 11, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.
A boat sits tied to a sign Wednesday on a street in Dumas. About 300 businesses in the city have flooded, according to the county judge for Desha County. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Thomas Metthe)

LITTLE ROCK -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday declared a state of emergency because of flooding in southeastern Arkansas.

The governor's declaration comes after more than a foot of rain fell on some communities in a 24-hour period this week. Hutchinson's declaration directs $100,000 from his disaster fund to be used at the discretion of the Division of Emergency Management director.

"Business owners, farmers and everyone in the area are feeling the impact of this weather event, and we're moving quickly to help however we can," Hutchinson said in a statement.

The governor's office said he plans to visit Dumas this morning to assess the damage and needs of communities hit by the flooding.

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