It’s been nearly four months since the late March tornadoes devastated portions of Mississippi, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided more monetary relief to one Mississippi county.
U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., announced on Tuesday that FEMA has awarded over $6 million to Sharkey County for debris removal operations.
The funding was made available under Section 407 of the Robert T. Stafford Act, which serves to bring an orderly and systematic means of federal natural disaster assistance for state and local governments in carrying out their responsibilities to aid citizens.
The city of Rolling Fork, which is in Sharkey County, was at the forefront of the crisis. The small Mississippi town recorded 13 of the 21 total deaths during the severe storms, which also obliterated much of the city’s infrastructure.
In addition to the most recent contribution from the federal government, good Samaritans from all over the country have stepped up in providing hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial aid as well as on-the-ground assistance for those who lost homes and businesses in the area.