Gov. Mike Beebe has requested federal assistance for six counties in north-central and Northwest Arkansas that have recently been affected by flooding in the area.
Beebe sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a major disaster declaration for Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion and Newton counties, according to a news release from the governor's office.
The flooding began Aug. 8 and continued for several days due to heavy downpours in the region. Some areas received up to 15 inches of rain.
If the declaration is approved, the area would then be eligible to receive federal funding to assist in the clean-up of the damaged areas. State and federal assessments revealed $5.6 million in damages, mainly to roads and bridges, the release states.
Beebe declared the six counties as disaster areas last week, with counties such as Benton having more than 200 damaged areas, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported. As a result of the declaration, the state is paying for 35 percent of the repairs to the area, according to previous reports.