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Federal assistance for severe storms not yet available for Jasper, Jackson Counties

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Tornado damage at Moss Point High School (Photo courtesy of Jalesa Borden, MPSD)

Federal assistance is not yet available for those in Jackson and Jasper Counties that were impacted by the severe storms and tornadoes last month.

In June, approximately 341 homes and businesses in Jackson County were either damaged or destroyed by an EF-2 tornado, which had winds reach up to 130 miles per hour. At this time, over 18 percent of debris has been collected in Moss Point.

Officials with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) confirmed one fatality and nearly two dozen injured in Jasper County due to an EF-3 tornado. An estimated 72 homes were also damaged.

At this time, MEMA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are validating damage in the affected areas and will begin assessing infrastructure damage in Jackson County on Tuesday. The state’s deadline for requesting FEMA assistance for the June tornadoes is July 20.

MEMA is encouraging residents not to apply for FEMA assistance but should file insurance claims if insured. If residents have already applied for FEMA assistance, no further action is needed at this time.

If and when federal assistance is available, MEMA will communicate that information with local leaders, media, and on social media sites.

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