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Sharkey County reimbursed $1.9 million for tornado recovery

Damaged building in Rolling Fork (Photo courtesy of Lt. Governor Delbert Hoseman)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved over $1.9 million in funds to reimburse Sharkey County for emergency protective measures following severe storms nearly one year ago.

In total, one EF-4 tornado and two EF-3 tornadoes touched down in the county during the extreme weather on March 24, resulting in the loss of 22 lives in Rolling Fork and Silver City.

The severe storms created an immediate threat to the health and safety of the public, requiring emergency response and protective measures.

These services included:

  • Temporary Services – Restrooms, Showers, and Laundry
  • Generators
  • Wastewater Disposal

All work and costs fell between March 28 and April 22 of last year. Since then, FEMA has authorized a 100 percent federal cost share for debris removal and emergency protective measures for a continuous 30-day period of the state’s choosing within the first 120 days of the March 24-25 tornadoes.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants for state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to reimburse the eligible cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures, and facility restoration.

Gov. Reeves declares Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week to begin February 11

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