Response Efforts Ongoing in Mississippi; Recovery Beginning

PEARL – Local, State and Federal agencies continue to respond to the aftermath of Isaac, while recovery efforts are beginning.

“We still have agencies responding to several areas of the state to assist with localized flooding and power outages,” said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham. “As we transition to the recovery phase of this disaster, our priority is to identify damages and begin the process of requesting federal assistance for local governments and residents who have been affected by this disaster.”

Damage assessments to infrastructure, debris and homes are ongoing. Counties continue to report damages to MEMA.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency declared Isaac a major disaster on Aug. 29, granting Public Assistance aid to 48 counties and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Funding has been allocated for assisting with sending commodities like tarps and water, debris removal and reimbursement for actions to prevent the loss of life and property.
Emergency operations continue for Mississippians affected by the storm with the following updates:

Shelters: As of 10 a.m. today, 10 shelters in the state are open with 228 evacuees housed.

Deaths: One death in Pearl River County and one death in Holmes County have been attributed to Isaac.

Pike County Dam: Water levels continue to decrease at the lake in Pike County. MDEQ, MDOT, MDWFP, the Mississippi National Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continue to work on stabilizing the slide at the dam and evaluate water levels.

Pumping operations are underway, and preparations are ongoing for a controlled release that should drop water levels to relieve pressure on the dam.

Power Outages: Entergy crews and Electric Power Associations of Mississippi crews are working to restore power to the remaining homes without power. Mississippi Power has restored service to all customers who could receive it.

Road Closures:

  • MS Highway 43 between Cyber Curve and Pine Grove in Pearl River County.
  • MS Highway 63 at the Cedar Creek Bridge near the George County and Jackson County line.
  • Beech Street in Picayune in Pearl River County.
  • Localized closings on U.S. 90 near Henderson Ave and also near Rodenberg Ave in Harrison County.
  • Natchez Trace Parkway from Natchez to Mile Post 146 near Kosciusko.

For up-to-date information on American Red Cross shelters, go to http://mississippi-redcross.org/. For updates on MEMA emergency operations, call the MEMA information line at 1-866-519-6362 or go online to www.msema.org.

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