Gov. Sanders requests extension of fed funding for tornado cleanup

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Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday (May 5) requested a 30-day extension to the 100% federal cost share for state and local resources spent on debris cleanup and emergency protective measures in Pulaski, Lonoke, and Cross counties.

President Joe Biden, frequently the target of Sanders’ criticism, previously approved a 30-day cost share for the March 31st tornado recovery expenses with the federal government paying 100% of the tab.

“It’s clear that we still have a long road ahead for our state, and that cleanup efforts will impose substantial costs on affected communities,” Sanders said.

“I’m thankful for the federal government’s prior approval of my 100% cost share request, but as that program’s initial 30 days come to an end, Arkansans are still struggling. Today, I’m asking our federal partners to extend the cost share agreement by an additional thirty days to help Arkansas get back on its feet.”

Initial estimates have pegged the disaster relief cleanup costs at more than $25 million.