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Federal aid now available to counties affected by Friday night tornadoes

Damage in Rolling Fork after a tornado touched down in March 2023 (Photo courtesy of Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann)

President Joe Biden has declared the tornadoes that cut through Mississippi Friday night as a major disaster, which means federal funding is now available to those affected in Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe, and Sharkey counties.

Federal assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, as well as other programs aimed to help individuals and business owners recover from the deadly storms.

Funding is also available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis.

Governor Tate Reeves went to Twitter to publicly thank Biden for his quick response Sunday morning:

The death toll in Mississippi currently stands at 25 with dozens still injured. Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance online, by calling 800-621-3362, or by using the FEMA app.

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