GOV. BARBOUR REQUESTS EXPEDITED FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION FOR FOURTEEN COUNTIES

JACKSON – Gov. Haley Barbour today requested President Obama declare 14 counties in the Mississippi Delta as disaster areas as a result of ongoing and expected major flooding. The counties requested include Adams, Bolivar, Claiborne, Coahoma, DeSoto, Jefferson, Humphreys, Issaquena, Sharkey, Tunica, Warren, Washington, Wilkinson and Yazoo counties. Other counties may be added as appropriate. […]


AID FLOWING TO MISSISSIPPI STORM SURVIVORS

PEARL, Miss. – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today more than $1.6 million in federal and state aid has been approved for Mississippi storm survivors in 11 counties. As of Wednesday evening 1,043 residents in Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clarke, Greene, Hinds, Jasper, Kemper, Lafayette, Monroe, Neshoba and Webster were […]


AID FLOWING TO MISSISSIPPI STORM SURVIVORS

PEARL, Miss. – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today more than $1.6 million in federal and state aid has been approved for Mississippi storm survivors in 11 counties. As of Wednesday evening 1,043 residents in Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clarke, Greene, Hinds, Jasper, Kemper, Lafayette, Monroe, Neshoba and Webster were […]


MDOT Reports Possible Road Closures Due to Flooding

JACKSON, MISS., Wednesday, May 4, 2011— The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to inform motorists of the following roadway information regarding the Mississippi River high flood waters. The Mississippi Department of Transportation is working in conjunction with the Corps of Engineers to provide accurate information regarding the high flood water at the Mississippi […]


MDEQ RECOMMENDS ENVIRONMENTAL FLOOD PREPARATIONS

(JACKSON, Miss.) – As a result of flooding forecasts and rising water levels for the Mississippi River, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) advises Mississippians to think about possible environmental issues that can result if flooding reaches their homes, farms, and businesses. “The release of oil, gasoline, or chemicals into flood waters can be […]


Five Tornado Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Mississippi

PEARL, Miss. — Five state and federal Disaster Recovery Centers are operating in Mississippi to help people whose homes or businesses were affected by recent storms and tornadoes. All are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice. More centers are scheduled for opening soon to help survivors who […]


State agencies responding to storm recovery and river flooding

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with other state agencies as well as the Salvation Army and Red Cross to assist those recovering from severe storms and preparing for the Mississippi River flooding. The following are reports of ongoing operations: MEMA: The State Emergency Operations Center is operating at Level 1, the […]


Mississippi Storm Damage Update

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received confirmation of 35 storm-related deaths. The most recent death was reported from Monroe County during search and recovery efforts. Statewide preliminary damage assessments show 2,527 homes have been damaged with 993 deemed destroyed or suffering major damage. There are 104 businesses damaged with 62 of those […]


Mississippi storm deaths, injuries and damages increase

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received confirmation of 34 storm related deaths and 163 injuries from severe weather that moved through the state Tuesday through Wednesday night. The most recent death was reported from Marshall County where a firefighter died of an apparent heart attack while clearing debris. There are also initial […]


Rare EF-5 Tornado confirmed in Monroe County

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received confirmation from the National Weather Service in Memphis that an EF-5 tornado with winds up to 205 mph struck the city of Smithville in Monroe County Wednesday afternoon. This is the highest rating for tornado damage and the first EF-5 tornado to hit Mississippi since March […]