Flood Damage Causing Financial Strain In Benton County

Flooding has caused severe damage and forced the county to declare a disaster, but state funds will not be coming in any time soon.

Beating the heat has been a major priority for many central Arkansans over the past week but a different story is playing out in Northwest Arkansas where flooding has forced officials to declare the third disaster this year, and state funds to help cleanup won't be coming in any time soon.

This time around most of the damage was in the Northeast part of the county, but crews are still attempting to fix issues across the Southeast area. 

With work spread across the county and only so much manpower, crews can't wait for state funds before they fix the problem, so the cost is on them. 

Judge Clinard says the first two disaster reimbursements might go through by the end of this year, but this third one may not be finished until 2014.

With rain still in the forecast crews will be working all weekend, they hope to start permanent repairs soon.

Another heavy rain fall would wash away temporary fixes.

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