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MEMA: Hurricane Zeta caused $89 million worth of damage

Graphic Courtesy of MEMA

Hurricane Zeta made landfall in late October as a Category 2 storm, leaving millions of dollars worth of damage in its path. 

According to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, a Federal Disaster Request has been submitted by Governor Tate Reeves for individual and public assistance as well as U.S. Small Business Administration assistance. 

Following joint preliminary damage assessments, it was determined that the storm, which produced eight-foot storm surges and 100 mph winds, caused an estimated total of $79,000,000 worth of damage to public infrastructure and more than $10,000,000 worth of damage to homes and businesses.

Individual Assistance has been requested for the following counties: George, Greene, Jackson, Hancock, Harrison and Stone.

Public Assistance has been requested for the following counties: George, Greene, Jackson, Hancock, Harrison, Perry, Stone and Wayne.

SBA Assistance has also been requested for the following counties: George, Greene, Jackson, Hancock, Harrison and Stone.

These requests must be approved by the president in order for federal assistance to be available to homeowners, business owners and local and county governments.

Two fatalities and 77 injuries were reported in the aftermath of the storm. The latest damage report from MEMA showed damage to over 32,000 homes. 

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