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Benton County Storm Relief

On May 26, 2024, Benton County experienced severe damage from strong storms including multiple tornados. We are currently working to centralize useful information for our citizens to help report damage, find community relief resources, and learn about current closures in the area.

Debris Pickup

Benton County Debris Removal Information

COUNTY DEBRIS PICKUP TO BEGIN ON MONDAY JUNE 17

Benton County has contracted with Looks Great Services to pick up vegetative debris and construction and demolition (C&D) debris on storm-affected roads. Pickup will begin on Monday, June 17 for county-maintained roads. We will begin debris removal in the hardest-hit areas of Benton County. There will be approximately three weeks between each pass of an area. A schedule will be released later on.

Please place your debris in the public right-of-way now. Until further notice, only debris placed on the public right-of-way will be eligible for collection. If all debris is not picked up during the initial pass, please continue to push the remaining debris to the right-of-way for subsequent passes.

Please sort and place debris as follows:

  • VEGETATIVE DEBRIS - (root balls, whole trees, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks, and other leafy material)
  • CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS - (damaged components of buildings and structures such as lumber, wallboard, glass, metal, roofing materials, tile, furnishings, and fixtures)

Important Guidelines:

  • Do not block the roadway, utilities, or driveways
  • Keep debris at least four feet away from:
    • Mailboxes
    • Water meters
    • Fire hydrants
    • Above-ground utilities
    • Drainage ditches, swales, pipes, and inlets
    • Street signs
  • Do not place debris near low hanging powerlines
  • Do not place debris near street intersections to ensure safe sight distances.
  • Do not put debris on neighbor's property
  • Do not put mixed debris by the right-of-way. Vegetative and C&D debris must be kept separate.
  • Do not bag debris. Only loose debris will be collected.

Debris Removal Guide

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Debris Dropoff

Benton County Debris Dropoff Information

THE LAST DAY FOR ALL THREE BENTON COUNTY DEBRIS DROPOFF SITES IS SATURDAY, JUNE 15TH.

The Benton County Fairgrounds, and Benton County East Side Dropoff are a debris drop-site for vegetative debris only.

No other debris, including but not limited to: roofing materials, fencing, drywall, furniture, will be accepted. The Debris Drop-Site cannot accept mixed loads of debris.

The Benton County Decatur Road Yard will accept construction and demolition debris (C&D) as well as vegetative debris.

C&D debris includes, but is not limited to, siding, fencing, furniture, drywall, roofing, etc. C&D debris DOES NOT include appliances or hazardous materials. The Decatur Road Yard will be the ONLY Benton County maintained site to accept C&D debris at this time. Mixed loads of debris will not be accepted. Vegetative and C&D debris loads must be separated.

Debris Sites are for public use only. Commercial businesses will need to find alternative arrangements for their debris disposal.

Please be aware that if there is lightning, we will suspend operations at the debris sites.

Benton County Fairgrounds Debris Dropoff
Vegetative Debris Dropoff Only

7640 SW Regional Airport Blvd, Bentonville, AR 72712

Hours:
Tuesday-Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Decatur Road Yard Debris Dropoff
Separated Vegetative and C&D Debris Dropoff

200 Spavinaw Ave. Decatur, AR 72722

Hours:
Tuesday-Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 

Benton County East Side Debris Dropoff
Vegetative Debris Dropoff Only

ENTRANCE DIRECTIONS: The dump site entrance is along US HWY 62. When driving from Rogers, the entrance is on your left past the intersection of Cemetery Road and US HWY 62. LOOK FOR SIGNAGE.

603 S HWY 62, Rogers, AR

Hours:
Tuesday-Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

DEBRIS REMOVAL – PRIVATE BURNING

Benton County Debris Burning Information

Organic debris can be burned by private citizens on their property. Please call 479-271-1005 to inform the county of a private burn. No permit needed if burn is by a private citizen

THE OPEN BURNING OF NON-VEGETATIVE STORM DEBRIS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, TIRES, LUMBER, CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS, DEMOLISHED STRUCTURES, HOUSEHOLD WASTE, AND TRADE WASTE IS NOT PERMITTED.

Community Resources

Storm Relief Informational Flyers

NWA Tornado Relief Efforts Community Resources

Below is a link to a spreadsheet (XLSX Document) of current community relief efforts. This document is being updated as we learn of more resources. Please re-download this document periodically to check for an updated list of storm relief resources.

Beware of Scams

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office and Benton County Prosecutor’s Office want to ensure your safety and security, so we're issuing this important warning about potential scams. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • Report Concerns: Please report to your local jurisdiction (city department, if you live in city limits, and Sheriff’s Office otherwise).
  • Legal Consequences: Certain crimes have enhanced classifications/punishment if committed during a declared disaster. All storm related offenses will be investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
  • Use Credible Companies: Use a reputable and well-established company. Research their credentials and reviews to verify their legitimacy
  • Upfront Payments: Legitimate businesses typically do not ask for payment upfront before providing a service or product. Be cautious of any requests for advance payments or deposits

A message from Benton County Sheriff Shawn Holloway

FEMA Assistance

The Federal Government has approved a request for a Major Disaster Declaration in Benton County. The Major Disaster Declaration will provide the following federal assistance to Benton County residents affected by the May 26 storms:

  • Individual Assistance
  • U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans
  • Direct federal assistance

Before You Apply for FEMA Assistance

FEMA guidance for Individuals and Households Program

If you have insurance (such as flood, homeowners, renters, auto or other types of insurance), please file a claim with your insurance provider as soon as possible. You do not have to file your claim prior to applying for FEMA disaster assistance, but you will be required to provide FEMA your insurance settlement or denial before being considered for certain types of assistance.

  • Take photos of your damaged home and belongings for your own records.
  • Make a list of damaged/lost items, which may be helpful when working with your insurance or discussing your losses with a FEMA inspector.
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Apply for FEMA Assistance

Choose one of the following options to apply

  1. Apply online at: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
  2. Apply via smartphone by downloading the FEMA App
  1. Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362

Disaster Recovery Center

Location: NWACC- Becky Paneitz "Student Center," SC 108
1211 SE Eagle Way
Bentonville, AR 72712

*Parking available in the adjacent multi-level parking garage

Hours: Every Day 7:00AM – 7:00PM

Mobile Registration Intake Center

Location: Falling Springs Church Parking Lot
21822 Falling Springs Rd
Decatur, AR 72722

Hours: Every Day 8:30AM – 6:30PM

U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans

Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Arkansas businesses and residents as a result of President Biden’s major disaster declaration. Loans are available to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, and homeowners. Please review the letters from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for more information.

Business Recovery Center

Location: World Trade Center Arkansas

3300 S Market Street
Suite 400
Rogers, AR 72758

Hours:

Mondays – Fridays 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CT
Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm CT

Please visit sba.gov/disaster to apply for SBA assistance online.

Benton County Facilities Closures

Several facilities of Benton County Government will be closed due to storm damage. Please visit the Assessor’s and Collector’s office websites for site specific openings.

The following Benton County facilities will be closed until further notice:

  • Benton County Rogers Office – 2109-2117 W Walnut St, Rogers

Citizen Damage Reporter

Benton County requests structural storm damage reports from citizens affected by the May 26 storm

Homeowners and business owners can report structural damage to their property through the Citizen Damage Reporter found pinned to the top of the Benton County Government website.

Benton County Division of Public Safety requests residents report personal property structural damage from the May 26 storm through the Benton County Citizen Damage Reporter. The Citizen Damage Reporter is a portal where citizens can enter their estimated personal property structural damage.

Individuals should only report damage if debris, such as trees, has punctured their homes. Benton County will need clear photos of the damage done to the home itself. All reports sent in will be reviewed by the Division of Public Safety and used for disaster declaration purposes. Good, accurate public surveys speed up assistance timeframe.

Benton County needs damage report information, as it will assist us with information the State and FEMA need to determine if Individual Assistance (IA) will be available. Individual Assistance (IA) is to assist individuals with uninsured losses to their homes. It does not help with vehicular damage, downed trees, or fences; it is strictly for a person’s residential structure only.

The damage report information will only be shared with the State of Arkansas and FEMA for these purposes. If IA becomes available, we will reach out to the individuals and let them know the steps for applying for IA through the State and/or FEMA. Governor Sarah Sanders has signed an executive order declaring a disaster for Benton County.

If Benton County attains a presidential disaster declaration, citizens may be eligible for federal assistance through FEMA. More details will be released for residents if a federal disaster declaration is made.