President Obama declares Arkansas a disaster zone

Late last night, President Barack Obama declared the state of Arkansas a federal disaster zone, his first such declaration since becoming president.

The White House issued the announcement last night around 11 pm after speaking with Arkansas governor Mike Beebe. Obama approved Beebe’s request for federal aid, and signed it immediately after their phone conversation.

Just how much aid the state of Arkansas will get is unclear at this time, but hopefully that comes with some extra electrical workers to help restore power to over 150,000 households in Arkansas that are still without electricity.

I hope you guys are staying warm out there.

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