January 11 Severe Weather Event – News Updates

UPDATED STATEWIDE DAMAGE REPORTS FOR JANUARY 11 SEVERE WEATHER EVENT

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) received damage reports from 25 counties in response to the severe weather that impacted the state Saturday, January 11.

As of this afternoon, there are 9,169 power outages statewide, with the bulk of the outages coming in Bolivar, DeSoto, Sunflower, and Washington counties.

The following damage reports serve only as initial assessments from the county emergency management offices and can change (either higher or lower) as MEMA receives additional reports and assessments.

Initial damage reports by county (assessments ongoing):

  • Bolivar – 107 homes damaged, three roads damaged, four injured
  • Carrol – one home damaged, 10 roads damaged
  • Chickasaw – one home damaged, 10 roads damaged
  • Choctaw – 26 apartment units damaged, 10 roads closed due to debris, two closed due to flooding
  • Coahoma – two homes damaged
  • Copiah – one home damaged
  • DeSoto – 210 homes damaged, five roads closed
    • EF-1 tornado from Tate into DeSoto County
    • EF-2 tornado
  • Grenada – 10 homes damaged
  • Hinds – 13 homes damaged
  • Leflore – three homes damaged
  • Leake – 10 roads closed due to flooding
  • Lee – homes damaged, roads flooded
  • Marshall – five homes damaged, three roads closed, one injured
  • Monroe – one home damaged, 10 apartment units damaged, 15 roads closed
  • Oktibbeha – 30 roads closed and/or flooded
  • Panola – 50 homes damaged, 30 roads closed and/or flooded, one injury
  • Prentiss – 54 homes damaged, five apartments damaged
  • Quitman – eight homes damaged, four apartments damaged, one road closed
  • Sunflower – homes damaged, five roads closed, six injured
  • Tallahatchie – 30 homes damaged
  • Tate – four homes damaged
    • EF-1 tornado into DeSoto County
  • Tishomingo – three homes damaged, three roads closed
  • Tunica – four homes damaged, four businesses damaged, 17 farms damaged, two injured
  • Washington – 20 homes damaged, 50 apartments damaged, 10 roads closed, two injured
  • Webster – three homes damaged, 15 roads closed

 Shelters open

  • Washington – Washington County Convention Center; 1040 S. Raceway Road, Greenville

 State Assets/Resources Deployed

  • Bolivar
    • 100 tarps
    • Six pallets of water
    • Two area coordinators
  • Copiah
    • 20 tarps
  • DeSoto
    • 400 tarps
    • Disaster reservists (five teams of two)
    • Four pallets of water
    • MEMA debris specialist
  • Hinds
    • 20,000 sandbags
  • Panola
    • Tarps
    • One pallet of water
  • Pike
    • One disaster reservist
  • Quitman
    • One Area Coordinator
    • One water pump
    • Two generators
  • Sunflower
    • One Area Coordinator
    • One generator
    • Tarps
    • Three pallets of water
  • Tallahatchie
    • 50 tarps
    • One pallet of water
  • Warren
    • 30,000 sandbags from United States Army Corps of Engineers
  • Washington
    • One drone to capture video footage for damage assessments
  • Webster
    • One Area Coordinator

The State Emergency Operations Center is activated and monitoring any requests or unmet needs from the county emergency management offices.

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

MEMA will provide more 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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MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TAKING REQUESTS FOR REPLACEMENT OF SNAP BENEFITS DUE TO JANUARY 11 STORMS

(Jackson, Miss.) – COURTESY: MDHS Requests for replacement of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits due to the severe weather on January 10-11, 2020 will be accepted and processed according to policy at the Mississippi Department of Human Services offices in affected counties. Requests for replacement must be made within 10 days of the disaster occurrence or loss. Those interested should check with their respective county office to determine eligibility.

Households not currently receiving SNAP Benefits may apply for SNAP their county Department of Human Services Office or online at https://www.mdhs.ms.gov/economic- assistance/snap/

Contact: The Mississippi Department of Human Services, Office of Communications

Danny Blanton, (601) 359-4612, danny.blanton@mdhs.ms.gov

Vanessa C. Lowe, (601) 359-4183, vanessa.lowe@mdhs.ms.gov

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