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The Arkansas National Guard will provide water as part of the emergency response in Benton County

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is calling in the National Guard to help with relief efforts in the aftermath of Sunday’s storms that caused widespread damage in Benton County.

According to a news release from Maj. Cibeles Ramirez-Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Arkansas National Guard, two Guardsmen from the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade will be deployed to distribute drinking water. A water distribution tank will be located at Piney Point Church at 10591 Piney Road in Rogers. The mission is currently scheduled to last until June 4.

“The citizens of Benton County need this critical, life-sustaining asset, and we are going to deliver it for them,” said Maj. Gen. Jonathan Stubbs. “People just need to bring their own water containers, and we will help them fill them.”

Northwest Arkansas will also receive assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service, Benton County Judge Barry Moehring said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Sanders announced Tuesday evening on X, formerly Twitter, that she would send the National Guard to help.

More than 20,000 Benton County residents were without power Tuesday evening after storms that left four people dead. The county’s emergency department received 794 reports of damaged homes, and many more went unreported.

The 142nd Field Artillery Brigade is headquartered in Fayetteville and “assumes support roles to strengthen civil authorities as needed and under the direction of the governor to assist in a crisis,” the news release said.

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