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Disaster area declared in 10 Arkansas counties hit by flooding and tornadoes

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click to enlarge IN A JAM: Waiting out the floodwaters in Ozark. - FACEBOOK
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In addition to the two people killed in southwest Arkansas by last night's storms, heavy rains are wreaking havoc on a swath of counties in the Ozarks and the River Valley. Gov. Asa Hutchinson declared ten counties a disaster area this afternoon — Franklin, Garland, Howard, Izard, Johnson, Montgomery, Newton, Pike, Pope and Searcy.

The above picture is from Ozark, shared by a friend on Facebook.

Hutchinson issued the following statement:

“It’s always difficult to see the damage inflicted by deadly storms and tornadoes. Our hearts and prayers go out to those in the Nashville area who were affected by the recent weather, especially the family of those who died from Sunday’s tornado.

“As Arkansans, we all hold our breath when we hear about severe weather. Sadly, we’ve been through this before, and we know how devastating these storms can be. But Arkansans help out each other. We always have. We always will. And I know the compassion of Arkansans will reach those in these difficult circumstances.”​

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