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Governor signs State of Emergency Declaration following storms

Photo courtesy of MEMA

Governor Phil Bryant has signed a State of Emergency Declaration following the severe storms that swept the state Sunday.

The declaration covers all 26 of the counties that reported damage from the storms.

Here’s is the video of the signing provided by MEMA.


“We’re very fortunate though,” said Gov. Bryant. “Even though it is never fortunate to lose lives, it could have been much worse… now it’s all about getting boots on the ground to begin recovery.”

In Mississippi, two people were killed.

“We have two major priorities,” said MEMA Executive Director Lee Smithson. “One, to get the power restored… and to continue damage assessment.”

While the Governor has signed the declaration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has to investigate it before federal dollars can be allocated to the areas impacted.

Durant, in Holmes county, was the most impacted from the storm. An electricity substation was damaged, leaving 900 homes without power, and another 100 homes were damaged by the storms. According to Smithson, only the water utilities and a convenience store are in operation, and they are both relying on backup generators.



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