All week long, Mississippi has been dealing with the surge of winter weather. As efforts continue to restore power across the state and icy road conditions persist, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has released its preliminary damage report.
Earlier this week, Governor Tate Reeves detailed that law enforcement was responding to 4-5 accidents per day in each county. At that time, no fatalities had occurred but that has changed. According to MEMA, a fatal crash has now been reported in Neshoba County. MDOT and MEMA continue to urge you to avoid all non-essential travel until the ice has completely thawed and our temperatures reach above freezing, which should be this weekend.
The following official damage reports have been submitted to MEMA by the following counties:
- Copiah County – 2 businesses affected
- Grenada County – 10 homes affected; 1 business affected
- Marshall County – 1 home affected; 5 businesses affected
- Smith County – 1 business affected
- Warren County – 2 homes affected
- Washington County – 15,000 homes affected because of water supply issues
*These are preliminary numbers and could change throughout the assessment process
Because temperatures will reach dangerous cold levels again tonight, MEMA is asking residents that have experienced prolonged power outages this week to seek shelter at a county or city-run warming center in your area. The full list of those shelters and safe rooms is here.
As road conditions continue to improve, MEMA will continue fulfilling supply requests from the counties.
These are the current resource requests MEMA has delivered or in progress:
- Water – 60,480 bottles of water
- Disaster Reservist Personnel – 14
- Generators to power public facilities – 2
If residents have an emergency, we urge you to call 911. If there are immediate unmet needs, MEMA encourages you to contact your county emergency management agency. A list of those county contacts can be found here. Resources must be requested through the county EMA to be submitted to MEMA for resource coordination.