Gov. Mike Beebe declares state of emergency as severe storms sweep across Arkansas

By The Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Gov. Mike Beebe has declared a state of emergency for Arkansas as severe storms have injured several people, destroyed a church and stranded others in cars and homes in the central part of the state.

A spokesman for Beebe said Monday the state of emergency will be retroactive until April 19 when the last batch of storms whipped across Arkansas.

Forecasters say Tuesday could bring another bout of bad weather and that storms could delay assessment of Monday’s damage.

Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample says the state won’t likely know the extent of damage caused by Monday’s flooding and tornadoes until Tuesday or Wednesday.