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MEMA reports nearly 2,000 homes damaged by Friday’s severe weather

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The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has released that nearly 2,000 homes across the state have sustained damage after Friday night’s tornadoes and severe storms.

According to MEMA, Monroe County had the majority of damaged homes out of the 12 counties listed, with the area reporting 1,476 homes that were minimally affected to destroyed.

Here’s the current list of counties that sustained damage:

  • Bolivar – 9 homes
  • Carroll – 24 homes, 3 public roads
  • Humphreys – 55 homes
  • Itawamba – 1 home
  • Lafayette – 2 homes
  • Lee – 10 homes
  • Monroe – 1,476 homes, 29 public roads, 3 utilities
  • Montgomery – 49 homes, 4 public roads, 1 public office building
  • Grenada – 1 home
  • Prentiss – 1 home
  • Panola – 31 homes, 12 public roads
  • Sharkey – 255 homes

On Tuesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that seven tornadoes touched down in the Magnolia State during the storms, including one EF-4 tornado (Rolling Fork/Silver City tornado), two EF-3 tornadoes (Carroll/Montgomery County tornado and Monroe County tornado), and four EF-1 tornadoes.

Residents in Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe, and Sharkey counties in Mississippi, are currently eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA.

Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs): Attala, Chickasaw, Clay, Grenada, Holmes, Issaquena, Itawamba, Lee, Leflore, Lowndes, Montgomery, Sunflower, Washington and Yazoo in Mississippi.

At this time, MEMA has released that the following shelters are available for those affected by the storms:

  • South Delta Middle School, 86 Middle School Road, Anguilla, MS
  • The Old Amory National Guard Building: 101 South 9th Street, Amory
  • Silver City First Baptist, 257 Main Street, Silver City 39166

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has also released an update for the six school districts that were affected by the storms.

South Delta School District (Sharkey County)

  • A cafeteria staff member is among the fatalities reported in the storm.
  • Schools are closed until further notice.
  • Surrounding districts are contacting the South Delta School District superintendent offering to receive the South Delta students for continued instruction.

Amory School District (Monroe County)

  • No student or staff fatalities.
  • District has been in contact with MDE while considering virtual learning options if roads are not cleared once power is back.
  • Schools closed at least through 3/31/23.

Carroll County School District

  • 1 teacher fatality and 1 student fatality.
  • Buildings: No damage to schools.
  • Power: Restoration timeline is unknown.
  • Schools resumed classes on 3/28/23.

Winona-Montgomery Consolidated School District (Montgomery County)

  • No student or staff fatalities.
  • Buildings: No damage to schools.
  • Schools will resume classes on 3/30/23

New Albany School District (Union County)

  • No student or staff fatalities.
  • Buildings: Minimal damage to sportsplex;
  • Schools are open.

Humphreys County School District

  • 1 teacher fatality.
  • Buildings: No damage to schools.
  • Schools are open.

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