PEARL – Gov. Phil Bryant has requested the federal government to add Clarke, Forrest, Greene, Jones, Marion, Panola, Perry, Quitman, Sunflower, Tunica and Wayne counties as major disaster areas to the Individual Assistance declaration that is already in place for flooding and severe weather. Bolivar, Coahoma and Washington counties were designated for FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program on March 25.

Damage assessments continue and additional counties may be requested as well. Flood waters continue to affect some areas of the state, so MEMA/FEMA joint damage assessment teams are unable to reach some locations.

If Gov. Bryant’s request is approved, individuals, households and business owners will be able to utilize federal aid to help with recovery from the flooding and severe storms that affected Mississippi in March.

Initial estimates showed more than 650 homes in Mississippi sustained major damage or were destroyed as a result of the flooding. Several state agencies, along with numerous nonprofit and faith-based organizations have been assisting with recovery since the storms began.

For more information about recovery efforts following the March floods, go to MEMA’s website at The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” the agency on Facebook, or “Follow” the agency on Twitter.