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Recovery efforts continue in Southwest Mississippi after August flooding

PEARL, Miss.- Recovery efforts continue after what was record breaking flooding in Wilkinson County in early August. 

Neighboring counties have come to the aid of Wilkinson residents to clear debris and have started the rebuilding process.

In Harrison County the Public Works Department is assisting in the county and the town of Crosby by removing debris from the mucked out homes and the roadways. They also sent debris removal equipment and personnel for four days to collect and remove debris, and transported that debris to a waste facility.

“Every county in this state has needed assistance from another at one point, so it’s our duty to be there for one another, especially when other assistance may not be available,” said Harrison County Emergency Management Agency Director Rupert Lacy.

In Adams County the Public Works Department sent five large debris removal vehicles, along with personnel to operate the equipment.

In Franklin County the Public Works Department sent two large debris removal vehicles, along with personnel to operate the equipment.

The first wave of a $250,000 grant from MEMA has been delivered to Wilkinson County. They’ll use that $50,000 to purchase materials and recruit volunteers to begin reconstruction on flood-damaged homes.

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