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President declares disaster after Arkansas severe weather

Federal funding will be available for affected individuals in 13 counties for damage caused by severe storms during the period of April 26 to May 19. (KATV Photo)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP/KATV) -- President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster for Arkansas and ordered federal assistance for areas affected by recent severe storms, flooding and tornadoes that struck the state in April and May.

The federal disaster declaration was announced Thursday. Federal funding will be available for affected individuals in 13 counties, including in Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Faulkner, Fulton, Jackson, Lawrence, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington, and Yell counties for damage caused during the period of April 26 to May 19.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs.

Federal assistance will also be available for emergency repair or replacement of damaged facilities in 28 counties, which includes Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Cleburne, Conway, Craighead, Cross, Faulkner, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Mississippi, Montgomery, Newton, Ouachita, Perry, Poinsett, Prairie, Randolph, Saline, Washington, White, and Woodruff counties.

The severe weather is blamed for 10 deaths and millions of dollars in property and agricultural damage.

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