LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The snow and ice have melted after the big Christmas Day snow storm Arkansas experienced, but debris from last week's activity continues to pile-up.
Because of the extra work, Entergy officials said they may have to raise rates to offset the cost of their repairs. On Friday, officials with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), The Department of Emergency Management, and the City of Little Rock surveyed the area to assess other clean-up costs.
Most every curb throughout the city of Little Rock and surrounding areas has piles of fallen trees, branches, and other storm debris, which is what crews have been working to get rid of.
"We're picking up all the debris from the ice and snow storm," said Little Rock Public Works Operations Manager Eric Petty. "If residents will just bring the debris, the tree limbs, the stumps out to the street. The city of Little Rock will pick it up. We're waving all the requirements on size and length."
This large clean-up effort comes with a hefty price tags to each municipality. Matt Burks, with the Emergency Management Division of Little Rock, estimates says the cost of the cleanup to city right now to be more than $3 million. Petty said the city's assessment will determine if it will receive federal dollars to help off-set clean-up costs.
"They'll take the information from what they see today, go back and make a determination to see if we'll be able to get any federal or state dollars to help the city of Little Rock with the clean-up."
Tommy Jackson with The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said its department estimates the Christmas Day storm will cost the state millions of dollars.
"This won't be one of the biggest," Jackson said. "This won't be as the ice storm of 2009 for example because it covered the northern half of the state and we had another one in 2000 that covered the southern half of the state. This covered that unique path through central Arkansas."
During FEMA's visit, surveyors will visit six counties. After their surveys are complete, FEMA will send their recommendation to Governor Mike Beebe and to President Barack Obama.
Jackson said any aid made available, though, will only go to assist city governments.
"These assessments are for public assistance," Jackson stressed. "By that, I mean, infrastructure, debris, things like this. [The help] is not for individuals."
In order for individuals to receive financial assistance with personal property damage, they are asked to contact their insurance companies.
For debris removal within the city of Little Rock, residents are asked to call 311 to schedule a pick-up time.
This certainly isn't the only damaging act of nature The Natural State has seen in recent years; Arkansas has had 12 disaster declarations since 2008.
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