Arkansas Delegation, Governor Tour Arkansas River Flooding
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) joined Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman (R-Ark.) and U.S. Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) for a news conference on the Arkansas River flooding. This conference followed a briefing from Arkansas National Guard Maj. Gen. Mark Berry and Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Director A.J. Gary, as well as a flyover assessment of flooding along the river.
“I had a coach say one time that life is 10 percent of what happens to you and 90 percent of what you do with it, and I think Arkansas can be proud that the governor and the team he’s put together is making the most out of this situation,” Westerman said. “I have nothing but high accolades for Governor Hutchinson, for General Berry, for the Corps of Engineers for the work that they’re doing, and for all the volunteers and everyone involved. I think it says a great deal about our state and the kind of people we have here.”
“I want to stress how impactful the volunteers have been. The sandbagging, what you’ve done to help your neighbors, helping them move furniture out – thank you for representing Arkansas so well,” Hutchinson said. “As a state, we’re behind you. We have devoted $350,000 in emergency relief thus far, but we will put what is needed in action to make sure that our local communities have the support that they need.”
“I don’t hear despair. I hear strength, I hear pride, I hear communities coming together,” Cotton said. “The Red Cross, local churches and other nonprofits, caring for those who have been displaced – bringing them food and bringing them water, taking them into their homes as well. People talking about how they are going to rebuild, and come back stronger than ever. I can’t say how proud I am to be representing such a fine people, the people of Arkansas, and our job is to make sure that our government lives up to your fine example.”
“The strength of Arkansas is its people, and nobody does a better job than you all. So thank you to the communities who were affected, working together to be so organized,” Boozman said. “We’re in the middle of this. As the governor said, it’s not going to be over tomorrow, it’s going to take a good while to get through this. But I’m confident that through the strength of our people we’re going to succeed, move forward, and continue to make it such that we provide all the resources we need to help the individuals affected.”
“Down at the sandbagging operation, I’ll never forget the image I had the other day of a young man by the name of Jaylin Williams, a Northside basketball player,” Womack said. “You’d know him if you saw him, he’s 6’10. He was filling sandbags with his teammates, and right around the pile was a little boy 3’2 tall by the name of Jeremiah Frost, with a little shovel doing his part to fill sandbags so that we could help people in need. It doesn’t make any difference whether you’re 6’10 or 3’2 – helping people is what we do in this region.”
To watch the full conference, click here.