After strong wind and heavy rain with the storms that rolled through western Arkansas March 1, parts of Scott County, primarily in the Waldron area, sustained heavy damage in a mile-and-a-half radius. Several people were without power, several trees were downed and some homes were damaged, even shifting some homes off their foundations to the point the structures were condemned and at least one family left homeless for the time being.
Gov. Sanders signed a proclamation to declare the Scott County a disaster area on March 14.
Proclamation to Declare Scott County a Disaster Area
WHEREAS: On or about March 1, 2023, severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding began, and continued thereafter, causing great damage to private property and public facilities in various jurisdictions in Arkansas;
WHEREAS: Adverse circumstances have been brought to bear upon the citizens and public properties within the State; and
WHEREAS: These political subdivisions require supplemental assistance from the State to recover from these losses.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, acting under the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Arkansas and pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. §§ 12-75-101, et seq., do hereby declare Scott County a disaster area;
FURTHERMORE, I hereby invoke emergency executive powers vested in me by Ark. Code Ann. §§ 12-75-101, et seq., as amended, and suspend the provisions of regulating statutes prescribing procedures for conduct of the Office of Procurement, the Division of Building Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, and all other state departments and agencies to render maximum assistance to the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management relative to any potential impediment to the rapid and orderly rendering of assistance to political subdivisions.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas to be affixed this 14th day of March, in the year of our Lord 2023.
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