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Beebe seeks federal disaster declaration for May 30 flooding

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe has sent a letter to President Obama requesting a disaster declaration for 12 counties hit by storms and flooding on May 30, the governor’s office said Tuesday.

Five people died and 18 were injured in the severe weather, which totaled nearly $10 million in damage.

The declaration would make Arkansas eligible to receive federal aid to help the state, cities and counties recover from infrastructure damage caused by the flooding and storms.

The affected area covers Cleburne, Cross, Garland, Independence, Montgomery, Poinsett, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Stone, Van Buren and Woodruff counties.

Among those who died in the flooding were Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter and state wildlife officer Joel Campora, who were in a boat trying to rescue people trapped in a house in the Y City area.

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