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MEMA releases updated Hurricane Zeta damage report

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The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has released its updated preliminary damage report following the recent impact of Hurricane Zeta on the Gulf Coast. 

The Category 2 system brought heavy rains and winds to the area resulting in downed power lines, damage to homes, roads and public buildings. MEMA confirmed one fatality and multiple injuries in Harrison County. 

While assessments are ongoing, MEMA provided the following damage report Friday afternoon. 

Harrison County:

  • Total Homes Impacted: 192
  • Total Public Roads Impacted: 40
  • Total Public Buildings Impacted: 42

Stone County:

    • Total Homes Impacted: 37
    • Total Public Roads Impacted: 2
    • Total Businesses Impacted: 1

Wayne County:

  • Total Homes Impacted: 9
  • Total Public Roads Impacted: 1

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

Residents can self-report damage to county emergency management agencies through MEMA’s self-reporting tool. Click here to view the self-report links for each county.

With continued power outages, five distribution centers will open in Hancock and Harrison Counties.

Distribution Center Operating Hours: 

  • Saturday, October 31: 1 PM – 6 PM
  • November 1-2: 8 AM – 6 PM

Shelf-stable meals, water, tarps, hand sanitizer and masks will be available at these locations:

Hancock County:

  • Hancock County Arena 4184 Kiln Delisle Rd. Kiln, MS
  • Longfellow Farmers Market 3068 Longfellow Drive Bay St. Louis, MS

Harrison County:

  • East Harrison County: Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave. Biloxi, MS 39530
  • Center-North Harrison County: Habitat for Humanity, 8022 Hwy 49, Gulfport, MS 39501
  • West Harrison County: West Harrison County Civic Center, 4670 Espy Avenue, Long Beach, MS  39560

FEMA is providing an estimated 210,000 meals, 30,000 tarps and an estimated 290,000 bottles of water through Mississippi’s Emergency Measures Declaration. MEMA is in contact with county EMA directors and assessing the needs of other impacted counties.

For debris cleanup in or around your home, refer to the picture below on the best ways to sort your debris. Please separate debris into six categories: electronics, large appliances, hazardous waste, vegetative debris, construction debris and household garbage. Once debris is separated, place it curbside, but do not block roadways. Finally, do not burn any debris.


Before home repairs and reconstruction begins, permits must be obtained for communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. The local Floodplain Administrator must assess the damage of the property inside the special flood hazard area. After the assessment has been completed, the permit official will notify the property owner of the results and what requirements they will need to meet during repairs.

Governor Tate Reeves declared a State of Emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Zeta on Wednesday, October 28. President Trump then approved Governor Reeves’ request for a pre-landfall disaster declaration that same day.

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