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FEMA Help Denied, MEMA Lending a Hand

MARION COUNTY, Mississippi– Tornado victims from the storms that went through Jones and Marion counties in December were told that federal help wasn’t coming, but MEMA is providing help. 

It’s a Temporary Housing Assistance program. If a homeowner loses their home in a storm, they can get up to ninety days of rent reimbursed. For renters, it’s thirty days.

“We’re taking the applications,” says Gregg Flynn with MEMA.

That’s what the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency can offer after President Obama informed Governor Phil Bryant Friday that the request for federal aid was denied. But there may be hope for federal funding. Jones and Marion counties are weighing the options of appealing the FEMA decision.

“We’re waiting on Marion county,” says Flynn, “we’ll do what they want us to do.”

Flynn says Marion County is having to evaluate damage that was initially counted at the time of the tornado, due to extensive damage.

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