Governor Mike Beebe last week declared 22 counties, including Logan, state disaster areas due to damage caused by Winter Storm Cleon.
Also declared disaster areas by the governor were Baxter, Crawford, Faulkner, Franklin, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Newton, Polk, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Scott, Sebastian, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren counties.
The governor’s office said state Department of Emergency Management officials were on the ground Friday with representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in about a dozen of the affected counties and were seeking to determine whether the state will qualify for federal assistance to help counties recover and repair damaged infrastructure.
Last Thursday, Logan County Judge Gus Young toured parts of the county with a Representative of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"We looked at state roads," Young said. "They’ll do cost estimates after that tour and then we’ll get back with them to see if we qualify for federal or state funds."
Young issued a disaster declaration for the county on Monday, Dec. 9.
Young said last week that all county roads were open even if it was only one lane.
"Once we get debris moved, the question will be how much freezing and thawing we get," Young said. "If that happens, we could have soft spots develop. Eventually, we’ll have to get some road graders on them. More than likely, we’ll be dealing with this until the spring, but there is no way to be sure."
Young said he did turn in a preliminary estimate on damage in the county. It was $80,000 in tree removal and $500,000 in damage to utility poles.
Among the hardest hit, the utility damage from Cleon at the Booneville Human Development Center was largely restored last week.
Power to the facility that cares for approximately 125 developmentally disabled individuals was restored late Tuesday afternoon. Phone service had been restored earlier in the day.
As of Thursday work was still being undertaken to restore Internet services as fiber optic cabeling was an additional victim of toppled trees that took down utility lines and poles.
Though many in the area who had lost power had it restored during the previous weekend, outages lingered for some, like those in the Glover/Daniels Road area, where lights returned Tuesday night.
As of Thursday Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative officials said the outage count was down to less than 100 in the South Logan County area, but the company still had crews in the Mena area, where another 800 were still without power.
As many as 60,000 in Arkansas were without power at the peak of the storm. According to a post on its Facebook account, AEP/SWEPCO completed storm restoration in Western Arkansas on Wednesday.
Students in Booneville and Magazine missed school again on Monday but returned to class on Tuesday. However, due to road conditions, particularly sagging trees, Booneville bus drivers ran winter routes, which consisted of only paved roads, meaning parents had to meet the bus in alternate locations.
The routes continued through Thursday morning pickups before normal routes resumed.