Disaster Assistance, Clean up and Remediation Tips

From the Arkansas Department Emergency Management

In case you missed it…the President granted a Federal Disaster Declaration for 8 counties in Arkansas (Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Jefferson, Perry, Pulaski, Sebastian and Yell) due to damage sustained in the recent, historic Arkansas River Flood event.

If you sustained damage and your area has not been declared yet, document damage and submit the damage documentation to your local office of emergency management. Additional counties may be added to this declaration as damage assessments continue over the coming days!

Click here for some clean up and remediation tips: https://bit.ly/2XzNSrY

Permit Reminder for Residents in Pulaski County with Flood Damage

As property owners in Pulaski County contemplate clean up and repairs following the recent flooding, Pulaski County is reminding residents to obtain local floodplain development permits before repairing or rebuilding flood-damaged structures.

Flood permits are required as part of Pulaski County’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  This program provides eligibility for flood insurance, flood disaster assistance, state/federal grants and loans, and buyout funds for flood-prone property.

Local floodplain management ordinances require that permits be obtained for any construction or development activity in a floodplain area, including the repair or reconstruction of any structures damaged by flooding.

Special conditions apply to substantially damaged buildings.  Substantial damage is defined as the total cost of repairs equaling 50% or more of the structure’s pre-flood market value.  If a building is found to be substantially damaged, regulations require that repairs not begin until compliance with the local floodplain ordinance is demonstrated.  In some cases, repairs may require elevating or flood-proofing the structure to reduce the potential for future flood damage.

The cost to repair will be calculated for full repair to pre-damaged: condition, even if the owner elects to do less.  The total cost to repair includes structural and finish materials as well as labor.  If labor and materials are donated, they will be assigned a value.  If local building codes require the structure to be repaired according to certain standards, these additional costs must be included in the full repair cost for the structure.

State and Federal assistance may be available to property owners to reduce the chances of future flood damage.  Mitigation assistance may cover costs of relocation, elevating or purchasing flood-damaged structures.  Flood insurance may also provide funds to protect a structure from future flood damage.

Property owners and residents with flood-damaged building should contact Pulaski County Planning (501)-340-8260 for more information on repair and reconstruction permits.

Pulaski County Experiences Historic Flooding

Pulaski County experienced a major flood event following a flood system that passed through Oklahoma, May 20. What began in Sebastian County slowly made its way to Pulaski County. Once expected to reach 1990 levels quickly the Arkansas River exceeded those levels. Prior to the flood, our primary areas of concern were the Pinnacle Valley Community, Two Rivers Park and Isbell Lane. Our secondary areas were Palarm Creek, Natural Steps, Colonel Maynard Road, John Branch Road, Settlement Road and Grassy Lake.

Below is a timeline of significant events. 

May 24, 2019

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson declared State of Emergency

May 27, 2019

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde Verbally Declared followed by a written declaration

May 28, 2019

Pulaski County Public Works closed the Big Dam Bridge and Two Rivers Bridge. Residents near Two Rivers Park evacuated.

May 31, 2019

Residents of the Pinnacle Valley Community were evacuated and the remaining homeowner near Two Rivers Park was also evacuated with the assistance of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. We evacuated a total of 18 families from May 30 – May 31

After meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers’ Colonel Robert G. Dixon regarding the status of levees, there was a concern about the Woodson Levee District. Residents in that area were advised to prepare in case an evacuation became necessary. This information is being provided as a precaution. No mandatory evacuation was issued. Residents were encouraged to make preparations in case and evacuation became necessary.

It was discovered that a drainage pipe was placed near the Old River Levee Near Scott. The National Guard used Black Hawks to drop super sand bags to plug the pipe but leaks were still experienced.

Pulaski County Public Works placed sand and bags at the following areas:

Scott Volunteer Fire Department
7600 AR-161
Scott, AR 72142

Wrightsville City Hall
13024 AR-365
Little Rock, AR 72206

Pinnacle Valley Road and Simmon Loop
Big Rock Township, AR 72223

June 1, 2019

The flow at the Old River Levee slowed significantly but seeping still existed.

June 2, 2019

The Old River Levee still showed slow leaks. Pulaski County Public Works continued to monitor.

For day by day updates on the work of Public Works please see our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PulaskiAR/

Cozetta Jones
Communications Director


Pulaski County Offices will be closed Monday for Memorial Day

Pulaski County offices will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. No garbage routes will run Monday but will resume and run one day late, Tuesday through Saturday.

New development brings more than 500 jobs to Pulaski County

More than 500 jobs with an average salary of $50,000 are coming to Pulaski County. Firearm manufacturer CZ-USA is building a new facility at the LR Port.

The new Development is made possible through a collaborative effort by Governor Hutchinson, the City of Little Rock, Pulaski County, Little Rock Port Authority, AEDC, Little Rock Chamber, UA-Pulaski Tech and Entergy Arkansas.

“This a huge victory for Pulaski County and the region. The City of Little Rock has been working to expand the Port for a number of years. I’m glad to see the fruits of that labor,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. “Through a partnership with the City of Little Rock, the County is developing the infrastructure to accommodate the new development within the expanded Little Rock Port.”

For job information visit https://www.littlerockchamber.com/cz.

Cozetta Jones
Communications Director

County free mulch giveaway May 3 and 4

This is the “We Load, You Go” event of the year … and just in time for Spring!!

FREE MULCH will be available at the old Smoky Hollow building.

Dates: Friday & Saturday, May 3rd & 4th

Times: 8am-4pm Friday, Saturday 8am-4pm, unless we run out before 4pm!

Where: Smoky Hollow Building (3200 Woodrow Street LR AR, 72204)

Look for the signs and please enter on Brown Street!

If you need mulch, you don’t want to miss this.

Governor Hutchinson signs bill adding benefits for members of the quorum court

Act 400 clarifies the law regarding compensation of elected county and township officers by including other benefits such as dental coverage.

Read Act 400: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2019/2019R/Acts/Act400.pdf


County Hires New Veterans Service Officer

Pulaski County Veterans Service Officer, Albert Hawkins represented the county at “Veterans Recognition Night” at the Arkansas Travelers baseball game.

Pulaski County proudly welcomes our new Veterans Service Officer, Al Harkins to serve our retired military service men and women.

As the Pulaski County VSO, Harkins will counsel and assist veterans and their dependents with completing VA paperwork and filing claims. He will ensure eligible veterans and their dependents receive their earned benefits through federal, state and/or local organizations.

“Veterans need someone who understands their needs and knows how to meet those needs in a timely manner,” said Harkins. “I expect to make this position proactive and very visible in the community to reach the many veterans in Pulaski County through a vast group of sources already available but previously not engaged.”

“I’m pleased to have Mr. Harkins as part of our team,” said County Judge Barry Hyde. “I am confident he will carry out the duties of the VSO with integrity and demonstrate total commitment to our veterans and their families.”

Born and raised in Alexandria, La., Harkins served in the Air Force 3902nd Combat Squadron, Blue Beret Elite Guard. He was stationed in Guantanamo; Thule, Greenland; and Goose Bay, Labrador where he learned “personal discipline, comradery and self-confidence.”

After his military service, he moved to Arkansas in 1964 and attended the University of Arkansas graduating with a degree in finance and accounting. He is also a banking graduate of Rutgers University and the CBS School of Broadcasting.

In addition to his experience in banking, Harkins was a wheat farmer in Woodson, Ark. for six years. He taught banking and economics at the University of Memphis, Arkansas State University and UA Little Rock.

He serves on the Arkansas State Board of Finance; is a member of the American Legion and Shriners International; he also works part-time at Rainwater, Holt and Sexton Law.

Harkins lives in Little Rock, is married with four children and five grandchildren. He attends Christ the King Catholic Church.

Welcome to the County Mr. Harkins!

Veterans, spouses or dependents who need assistance are encouraged to call 501-340-5622 or email aharkins@pulaskicounty.net.


Cozetta Jones
Communications Director


County Judge highlights new projects on the horizon in county address

Strong, emboldened and concise could be used to describe Judge Barry Hyde’s annual State of the County address.

In his 20-minute speech, Judge Hyde laid out several areas of improvement including plans to restructure the county’s juvenile justice probation and intake process. He intends to hire a Director of Juvenile Justice Services who will draft a policy and procedure manual, clarify roles and responsibilities, develop a management structure and develop a training curriculum. These probation and intake improvements will be carried out in collaboration with the County Attorney and the County Judge. All improvements are based on recommendations from the Robert K. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice’s 2016 Probation System Review Final Report.

Additionally, Judge Hyde, in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, will make improvements to Terry Park to make the park more welcoming to patrons.

Despite continued cuts to grant funding, the county will use carry over funds to expand out of school and afterschool program in Higgins, Oak Grove and McAlmont.

“If the state and federal government want to reduce funds for our out-of-school care and Pre-K programs, which provide assistance to lower-income families, Pulaski County has to find a way to do it,” said Hyde. “Ignoring their needs, robbing them of opportunity and reducing services to these children is simply not an option.”

Read more about County Judge Barry Hyde’s plans for the future of Pulaski County

Cozetta Jones
Communications Director


State of the County set for March 12

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde will present the 2019 State of the County Address, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 10 a.m. The address will be given in the 4th floor Quorum Court meeting room in the Pulaski County Administration Building at 201 S. Broadway in Downtown Little Rock.  Judge Hyde will highlight our 2018 accomplishments and 2019 goals and initiatives. He will discuss several ongoing projects such as our Crisis Stabilization Unit, Juvenile Justice Reform and the Southwest Trail.