Legal Aid offers services to flood victims

JONESBORO, Ark. – Arkansas residents in Pocahontas, Walnut Ridge, and Jonesboro who have suffered damages as a result of heavy rains and recent flooding are encouraged to take advantage of free legal assistance from Legal Aid of Arkansas to get back on their feet after the storms.

“Disasters such as heavy rains and flooding can trigger a variety of legal issues,” said Disaster Coordinator Blane Swain. “Legal Aid can help flood victims navigate those issues so that they receive the support they need to recover.”

In the aftermath of flooding, residents often encounter a variety of legal issues including denials of insurance claims, problems with a landlord or mortgage company, and price gouging.  Residents may also need legal assistance to replace copies of important legal documents or as they try to obtain disaster-related unemployment, public benefits such as food stamps, Medicaid, and Social Security, or benefits from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Residents in need of legal help are encouraged to call Legal Aid of Arkansas toll-free help line at 1-800-952-9243. The hotline is staffed Monday through Friday and features a voicemail system that allows callers to leave their information when lines are busy or calls are unanswered.  Legal Aid staff will return calls as soon as possible.

“People do not need to go through this process alone,” added Swain.  “Legal Aid is here to give Arkansas residents the legal support they need.”

Legal Aid of Arkansas is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to low-income individuals residing in the state of Arkansas in civil (non-criminal) cases. Legal Aid is headquartered in Jonesboro and serves 31 of the 75 counties in Arkansas.

Legal Aid assists thousands of clients every year in priority areas, such as family law, consumer issues, bankruptcy or evictions. We provide assistance in 31 counties across the state.

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