LITTLE ROCK — President Donald Trump on Thursday granted Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s request for a major disaster declaration for Arkansas counties damaged by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in April and May.


The declaration will allow residents and governmental bodies in the affected areas who meet certain criteria to apply for federal assistance.


“This is welcome news for the Arkansas families and businesses who have been waiting patiently for relief from these disasters,” Hutchinson said in a statement. “These emergency funds will provide much-needed relief that will help those coping with the aftermath of these storms to recover, rebuild and get back on their feet. I am especially appreciative of our federal delegation, and their support and assistance during this process.”


Individual assistance, for individuals and households, will be available in Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Faulkner, Fulton, Jackson, Lawrence, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington and Yell counties.


Residents of those counties can apply for assistance by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency at (800) 621-3362 or visiting disasterassistance.gov.


The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and FEMA also will open offices throughout the affected areas to accept applications for assistance.


Public assistance, for emergency work and repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities, will be available in Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Cleburne, Conway, Craighead, Cross, Faulkner, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Mississippi, Montgomery, Newton, Ouachita, Perry, Poinsett, Prairie, Randolph, Saline, Washington, White and Woodruff counties.


The federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program will make funds available for efforts to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards for all areas of the state.