PEARL The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is working with local officials and residents in DeSoto County to assist those affected by last Thursday‘s flooding.

At Gov. Phil Bryant’s request, the U.S. Small Business Administration had damage assessment teams in the county today.  The assessments will determine if assistance will be available from the SBA in the form of low interest loans.

“Our goal is to ensure that we do everything we can to assist those affected by the devastating flooding last week,” said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham. “We are grateful that the SBA responded to Gov. Bryant’s request so quickly and we are eagerly awaiting the determination of his request.”

The following is an update on MEMA activities in DeSoto County:

MEMA Field Services:

  • Area Coordinators have been on the ground in DeSoto County since the flooding began working with citizens and local elected officials to determine what assistance may be needed.
  • Area Coordinators assisted county officials and the SBA damage assessment teams with their evaluation of damage throughout the county.
  • Area Coordinators will remain in the impacted area to ensure that MEMA has good situational awareness on recovery efforts.

MEMA Office of Recovery:

  • MEMA’s Individual Assistance staff is working with displaced residents that have unmet housing needs.
  • MEMA’s Recovery staff is working with local officials and volunteer organizations to develop a community based recovery committee to assist citizens with unmet needs.

MEMA Office of Mitigation:

  • MEMA’s Floodplain Bureau is assisting local floodplain offices with determining how much damage was caused to the homes and businesses within flood zones.
  • MEMA’s Mitigation staff is working with city and county officials to determine what mitigation initiatives could be pursued to prevent future flooding in the areas.

MEMA will update the status of the SBA Disaster Request for Desoto County as soon as information becomes available.

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