Governor Hutchinson visits tornado-ravaged Trumann

State officials hope to have preliminary estimates of tornado damage in northeast Arkansas by Friday, Dec. 17 for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Gov. Asa Hutchinson visited hard-hit Trumann on Thursday (December 16) and said uninsured damage levels needed to reach at least $ 5 million for FEMA assistance to take effect.

To receive a federal disaster declaration that would induce FEMA, the damage must be uninsured losses that fully meet that threshold. The governor said he believes this will be achieved and expects many homes in the area to be declared full losses.

Hutchinson spoke to President Joe Biden and the president told him the federal government would move quickly to provide public and private assistance if the threshold was reached.

“Our main goal is to have the damage assessed so that we can help the owners,” he said.

Two people died when a series of tornadoes appeared in northeast Arkansas in the early evening of December 10. the National Weather Service to determine if this is the longest continuous tornado in history, spanning more than 200 miles.

This storm is believed to be the same one that wreaked havoc in Leachville and Monette, destroying countless homes, damaging public and private property, and killing at least two Arkansans.

The tornado that swept through Trumann came hours later and cut a destructive path through the heart of Poinsett County’s largest town. Despite the destruction, no lives were lost in the town which is roughly the same size as Mayfield, Ky., Which was leveled by a deadly tornado from the same set of storms on the same night.

Storm systems stretched from Arkansas to Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois and Kentucky. At least 74 people have been confirmed dead in Kentucky, which has been the hardest-hit of the states. Once the damage total is tallied up and the death toll calculated, NWS officials believe it could be the most destructive series of storms on record during the month of December and that it will rank among the worst ever recorded, regardless of month.

Hutchinson pledged the city $ 10,000 to kick off the cleanup and relief efforts. He said more state dollars will be sent to the region once federal aid is distributed. The governor acknowledged that the state had spared greater loss of human life and had not suffered the same damage as some adjacent states.

But for those who have lost their homes, jobs and loved ones in the natural state, the impact on their lives is the same, he said.

“It’s a traumatic event in your life,” he said.

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