Governor beebe declares state of emergency in response to severe weather

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Beebe declared a State of Emergency Tuesday morning to help Arkansas officials respond to an unusual swath of severe weather throughout Arkansas. The declaration carries with it up to $25,000 from the Governor's Disaster Fund for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management to supply additional support and resources if needed.

"We are known for wild weather swings in Arkansas, but to have snow, ice and severe thunderstorms in the same day is rare," Governor Beebe said. "We are monitoring this storm throughout the morning to gauge where its impact will be heaviest."

The Arkansas National Guard has already been helping with response, transporting cots and blankets to Northwest Arkansas, where snow and ice accumulations are expected to cause power disruptions as arctic air moves into the region.

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