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Mountainburg To Receive $100,000 From Governor’s Emergency Disaster Fund

MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) -- Mountainburg will receive $100,000 from Governor Asa Hutchinson's state emergency proclamation fund after a tornado hit the town April 13.

A total of $175,000 will come from the emergency disaster fund, including $42,900 to Howard County for large debris removal, $22,500 to Crawford County for cleanup, and $10,000 to Mulberry for damage to the water treatment facility.

Mountainburg was not declared a disaster area and did not originally qualify to receive state or federal funding. According to Crawford County Emergency Management, to get state assistance there would have to be $228,000 worth of damage to infrastructure such as roads and city structures.

"I wanted to use those Emergency funds to help with the debris removal covering the cost of that so it`s not that heavy burden on the county and on the city." Hutchinson said.

While visiting the area, the governor said he was proud to see people in the small towns coming together.

"It makes you really appreciate neighbors in Arkansas. The neighbors are there helping each other some from other communities pitching in. Nobody called them up and asked them to come, they saw the need and went," he said.