One Year Could Go By Before Benton County Sees State Funding

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Tuesday (April 23) the chance of storms threatened rain crews cleaning up after heavy rain that damaged rural Benton County Thursday.

State Emergency Management Officials are meeting with Benton County Emergency Managers for their second straight day to assess damage.

Teams will visit Sulphur Springs and Bentonville Tuesday (April 23).

If there is $450,000 in damages or more, the state will reimburse 35%, however Robert McGowen, Benton County Emergency Manager said it could take up a year for the county to receive funding.

"Benton County has to meet two dollars per capita to make a state disaster. I think that`s about $443,000," Tim Gehring, with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Managers said.

Gehring said once the assessments are done, the Benton County Road Department has nine months to complete the road work.

As of Tuesday morning just two roads remain closed in Benton County. They are as follows: Price Coffee Road in Bentonville, and Georgia Flat Road in Gravette.

Gehring said all paperwork has to be turned in within three months.

Monday (April 22) crews worked to assess damaged areas in Little Flock, Springdale, Gravette and Centerton.

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