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MEMA updates winter weather damage, two fatalities reported

As we deal with the lingering effects of last week’s winter weather event that brought record-low temperatures, power outages & icy conditions, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has updated its preliminary damage report. 

“We are currently working with counties conducting damage assessments. Once that information is gathered, MEMA will have a better grasp of the destruction from this winter storm event. The state must reach more than a $4.5 million threshold of damages to request a major disaster declaration for public assistance. We are working as fast as we can to get this done for our state,” says MEMA Executive Director Stephen McCraney.

After a fatal crash was reported in Neshoba County last week, MEMA reported another fatal crash over the weekend—this one in Oktibbeha County. 

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

  • Adams County – 1 home affected; 4 businesses affected
  • Chickasaw County – 5 businesses affected
  • Clay County – 2 businesses affected
  • Copiah County – 2 businesses affected
  • Grenada County – 10 homes affected; 1 business affected
  • Marshall County – 1 home affected; 1 business affected
  • Oktibbeha County – 2 homes affected
  • Smith County – 1 business affected
  • Warren County – 6 homes affected
  • Washington County – 15,000 homes affected because of water supply issues

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

With many residents still without power and running water, 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 – 131,040
  • Disaster Reservist Personnel – 14
  • Tarps – 160

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.

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