Federal Money Rolls in for Christmas Storm Cleanup, Creates Temporary Jobs

The U.S. Department of Labor money will be used to restore public lands and infrastructure in Arkansas.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Federal money is rolling into Arkansas for the continued cleanup of the Christmas snowstorm.

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $391,539 National Emergency Grant to assist Arkansas with clean-up and recovery efforts after the severe winter storm that struck the state Dec. 25-26 of last year.

“The destruction caused by this severe storm affected lives throughout the state of Arkansas,” said Jane Oates, assistant secretary of labor for employment and training. “There is a great deal of recovery work to be done,

and the Labor Department is committed to helping Arkansans rebuild their communities.”

The grant, awarded to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, will be used to restore public lands and infrastructure by providing temporary work to those in need of employment.  

On Jan. 29, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared a number of counties eligible for FEMA’s Public Assistance Program. The state plans to target Lonoke, Pulaski and Saline for assistance under this grant.

Additional counties may be included at a later date if further evaluation warrants their inclusion.

Click here for more information on designated disaster areas in Arkansas. 
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