Flood Causes Nearly $5 Million in Damage in Benton County

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A preliminary assessment of flood and storm damage last week in Benton County estimates the cost at $4,946,221, according to emergency management director Robert McGowen.

These damages were compiled from more than 200 sites throughout the county, McGowen said Thursday (Aug. 15). County emergency management officials have been assessing damage since Aug. 9, the day after Benton County Judge Bob Clinard declared the county in a state of emergency.

McGowen broke down the nearly $5 million dollars as follows: Emergency Protective Measures $250,000, Roads and Bridges $4,479,380, Water Control Facilities $20,500, Utilities $82,341, and Parks or Recreation $114,000.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management will now work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will decide the type of assistance the county and individuals will qualify for, McGowen said.

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