Updated Storm Damage Reports to MEMA

PEARL – The Mississippi
Emergency Management Agency has now received damage reports from 15 counties
from severe storms and flash flooding that occurred Thursday into Friday
morning.

Damage assessments are
ongoing and will be for several days as areas become accessible as water
recedes.

There are three shelters
open and being managed by the Mississippi Department of Human Services and the
Red Cross for displaced citizens. There was a total population of 24 people in
the shelters Friday night.

  • Forrest County Petal
    Civic Center
  • Jones County
    Saferoom in Laurel
  • Clarke County: Shubuta
    Senior Citizens Center

The public is encouraged
to report damage to homes or businesses to their county emergency management
office. A directory of all the offices can be found at http://www.msema.org/local-ema/

The National Weather Service is forecasting additional
rainfall of up to an inch each day this weekend through Monday.  There are flood warnings for several rivers
in central and south Mississippi, so residents need to monitor conditions carefully.

Initial damage reports
by county (assessments ongoing):

  • Clarke: 36
    homes, eight businesses and 60 roads damaged. Shelter Open.
  • Covington: Roads
    damaged or inaccessible.
  • Forrest: Homes
    and roads damaged or inaccessible. Shelter open.
  • Greene: Homes
    and roads damaged or inaccessible.
  • Jasper: Two
    homes, two businesses and seven roads damaged.
  • Jefferson: Roads
    damaged or inaccessible.
  • Jones: Homes
    and roads damaged or inaccessible. Shelter open. Two injuries.
  • Lauderdale: Roads
    damaged or inaccessible.
  • Lowndes:
    Roads damaged or inaccessible.
  • Newton:
    Roads damaged or inaccessible.
  • Pearl River:
    Roads damaged.
  • Perry: Ten
    homes, 14 businesses, one farm building, 10 roads and one public building damaged.
  • Warren: Twelve
    Homes, two businesses and two public buildings damaged.
  • Wayne: Homes
    and roads damaged or inaccessible.
  • Yazoo: Six
    homes and one business damaged.

-more-

More than 10 inches of
rain fell in portions of south Mississippi causing extreme flash flooding. An
EF-0 tornado was confirmed by the NWS in Yazoo County near Bentonia. Two
injuries were reported in Jones County.

MEMA has provided tarps,
sandbags and staff to affected counties to assist with damage assessments.

The State Emergency
Operations Center is activated and monitoring any requests or unmet needs from
counties. MEMA will provide updates as information becomes available. The best
way to get up-to-date information during this event is to “Like” MEMA on
Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter @msema.

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