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Arkansas federal lawmakers support state's disaster request

Jun 7, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The six members of Arkansas' congressional delegation have written to President Donald Trump in support of a federal disaster declaration for the state as a result of severe storms, flooding and tornadoes that struck the state in April and May.

Republican Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Reps. Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman say in a letter sent Tuesday that state and local officials are working to clean up and rebuild following the storms, but that federal assistance is needed to help in the recovery.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has requested a disaster declaration for 31 counties after the storms that are blamed for 10 deaths and millions of dollars in property and agricultural damage.