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Fayetteville to get $2M for tornado cleanup

Posted August 9, 2011 12:31 p.m. EDT

— Fayetteville will receive nearly $2 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for clean-up costs from an April 16 tornado, 7th District Congressman Mike McIntyre said Tuesday.

About 500 homes were destroyed and another 1,000 damaged in the tornado, which carved a half-mile-wide path through Fayetteville. The storm left behind an estimated 139,000 cubic yards of debris, including tree limbs, housing materials and hazardous wastes, and McIntyre said the debris threatened the public's health and safety and required immediate removal to ensure the city's economic recovery.

"This was a severe tornado that affected many folks, and the necessary cleanup was instrumental in helping all move forward," McIntyre said in a statement.