The time for homeowners and renters in Ashley County who affected by the severe storms and tornadoes Jan. 10 and 11 to apply for assistance through the state of Arkansas is drawing to a close. 

The period for individuals whose primary residence was destroyed or made uninhabitable in the storms to apply to the Arkansas Individual Assistance Program will close Friday, March 6, 2020.  

In order to be eligible for state disaster assistance funds applicants must first apply for assistance through the Small Business Administration.

Assistance may include home repairs, cleaning, household debris removal, personal property repair and primary transportation repair.  Business, second homes, vacation homes, sheds and outbuildings are not eligible for disaster assistance funds.

Affected residents can apply by contacting the call center hotline 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. on weekdays at 1-888-683-ADEM (2336).  

Residents can also apply in person at the Disaster Recovery Center located inside the Ashley County Courthouse Annex at 205 E. Jefferson St. in Hamburg.  

The last day the recovery center will be open is Thursday, March 5, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Applicants will need to provide the address of the damaged home, insurance information, social security number and detailed damage information.  

Residents will also be asked to provide a phone number and email address.

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