Cleanup continues after April 30th’s massive storm system ripped thru the Magnolia State, which prompted Governor Phil Bryant to sign a State of Emergency on Monday, May 1. And now, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Lee Smithson has sent a formal request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance.
“Having FEMA representatives on the ground in the counties will not only help speed up the process of damage assessments, but it will allow us to gain more clarity on the amount of damage caused by the storms of April 30th,” said Smithson.
So far, 28 counties have reported damage, and FEMA teams would assist MEMA in conducting assessments for individual assistance in Holmes and Montgomery counties and public assistance for Calhoun, Holmes, Montgomery and Yazoo counties.
As of Thursday morning, the National Weather Service in Jackson had confirmed 26 tornadoes from the April 30th severe weather outbreak. NWS surveys are ongoing.