LITTLE ROCK —The members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation said Wednesday they have called on President Barack Obama to grant Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s request for a major disaster declaration for 39 Arkansas counties.

LITTLE ROCK —The members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation said Wednesday they have called on President Barack Obama to grant Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s request for a major disaster declaration for 39 Arkansas counties.


Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman, both R-Ark., and Reps. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, French Hill, R-Little Rock, Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, and Steve Womack, R-Rogers, said they have sent a letter to Obama supporting the request for a disaster declaration and federal aid for counties that experienced destructive storms, severe flooding and tornadoes between Dec. 23 and Jan. 23.


"Arkansas is a predominantly rural state, and this most recent series of disasters has exceeded the ability of our local governments to respond," the letter states.


The counties included in the request are Benton, Bradley, Boone, Calhoun, Carroll, Clay, Crawford, Dallas, Drew, Faulkner, Franklin, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson, Little River, Independence, Izard, Lawrence, Little River, Lee, Logan, Madison, Marion, Mississippi, Montgomery, Ouachita, Perry, Pike, Polk, Randolph, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sevier, Stone, Washington, White, Woodruff, and Yell.