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MEMA: Death toll from winter storm rises to five in Mississippi

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As the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues its damage assessments following last week’s winter storm that brought record-low temperatures and icy conditions across the state, the death toll has risen along with the reports of affected homes and businesses. 

According to MEMA, statewide there have been a total of five storm-related fatalities reported in Warren (2), Lafayette (1), Neshoba (1) and Oktibbeha (1) counties. Two deaths had been confirmed in MEMA’s previous update.

The official damage reports have been submitted to MEMA by the following counties:

  • Adams County – 113 homes; 5 businesses
  • Chickasaw County – 9 businesses/farms
  • Clay County – 7 businesses/farms
  • Copiah County – 2 homes affected; 2 businesses
  • Grenada County – 23 homes affected; 2 businesses
  • Jefferson Davis County – 1 home
  • Kemper County – 3 homes
  • Leake County – 7 homes affected; 2 farms
  • Marshall County – 1 home affected; 1 business
  • Oktibbeha County – 2 homes
  • Smith County – 9 homes affected; 1 business
  • Warren County – 10 homes
  • Washington County – 15,750 homes affected because of water supply issues
  • Yazoo County – 1 home

*These are preliminary numbers and could change throughout the assessment process.

MEMA will continue to work to fulfill supply requests from the counties. Currently, MEMA has delivered and/or is processing the following requested resources:

  • Bottles of Water – 333,714
  • Tarps – 310

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is working with counties to assess reported damage. Those damage assessments will be used to determine if the state is eligible for federal public assistance for local and state governments.

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