Natural Disasters Hit Hard in 2011

The United States recorded nearly $50 billion in damage from natural disasters in 2011. That staggering number will likely climb with more winter storms to come before year’s end. The 10 costliest disasters in the United States this year were all weather related, including devastating tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding and drought.

Arkansas, of course, was not immune. Abnormally dry conditions plagued the southern plains in the summer of 2011, hitting western Arkansas especially hard. On the other end of the spectrum, the flooding of the Mississippi River cost the state $500 million in agricultural losses.

Arkansas also saw property destruction from tornadoes that hit at different times across the state, most notably in Hot Springs and Vilonia.

To read more about natural disaster damage across the country in 2011, click here.


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