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Mississippi governor requesting federal assistance following April storms

Damage at the Jackson Yacht Club in Ridgeland, Mississippi (Photo courtesy of Entergy)

Amid efforts to assess damages done by the most recent round of severe weather in Mississippi, Governor Tate Reeves is seeking federal aid for six counties following inclement conditions the state endured nearly a month ago.

Reeves sent a request for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Hancock, Hinds, Humphreys, Madison, Neshoba, and Scott counties — all stemming from the violent storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes that occurred from April 8-11. During that timeframe, the state experienced 13 tornadoes and two deaths.

According to FEMA, the number of homes that were destroyed or significantly damaged in each of the six listed counties are:

  • Hancock County: 35 homes
  • Hinds County: 44 homes
  • Humphreys County: 41 homes
  • Madison County: 31 homes
  • Neshoba County: 21 homes
  • Scott County: 32 homes

“The state of Mississippi has been working with local and federal partners to assess the damage from these storms,” Reeves said. “This disaster declaration request will help Mississippians restore, rebuild, and recover.”

Individual assistance approved to residents in the areas could include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the storms.

The state must meet FEMA requirements to be approved for the individual assistance declaration

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