Gov. Asa Hutchinson declared Washington County a disaster area in the wake of an EF-3 tornado

that damaged more than 350 homes and businesses and demolished the gym at George Elementary in Springdale.

Hutchinson also announced the allocation of $100,000 in individual assistance

that will be available to cover part of the loss to homeowners, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

“In my seven years in office, I have declared too many areas a disaster after they have been flattened by a tornado or washed away by a flood,” Hutchinson said. “

I have flown over houses without a roof or have been flattened altogether.

I have seen automobiles lying upside down far from the place where the wind picked them up.

I have seen fields of soybean, corn, and cotton overtaken by the rushing water of historic floods

which also sometimes tear out chunks of the levees that protect towns and farms along our rivers

This week, I declared Washington County a disaster area in the wake of an EF3 tornado that damaged more than 350 homes and businesses and demolished the gym at George Elementary in Springdale.