Southwest Mississippi Flood Recovery Update 9.21.16

PEARL – Recovery efforts are going strong in Wilkinson County after the historic rainfall and flooding in early August. Several neighboring counties are pitching in to assist with debris removal through mutual aid.

A breakdown of counties assisting:

  • Harrison County:
    • Public Works Department is assisting in the county and the town of Crosby, removing debris from the mucked out homes and the roadways.
    • Sent debris removal equipment and personnel for four days to collect and remove debris, and transported that debris to a waste facility.
  • Adams County:
    • Public Works Department sent five large debris removal vehicles, along with personnel to operate the equipment.
  • Franklin County:
    • Public Works Department sent two large debris removal vehicles, along with personnel to operate the equipment.

 “Every county in this state has needed assistance from another at one point, so it’s our duty to be there for one another, especially when other assistance may not be available,” said Harrison County Emergency Management Agency Director Rupert Lacy. “The old Civil Defense principals have carried over and we are all happy to help out through the State Mutual Aid Compact”.

This week, the first $50,000 of a $250,000 grant from MEMA went to Wilkinson County to buy materials and supplies to repair flood-damaged homes. The work will be done by volunteer groups coordinated through the county’s newly formed non-profit Community Based Recovery Committee (CBRC).

MEMA requested Joint Damage Assessments from FEMA to see if any southwest Mississippi counties could be eligible to receive Public Assistance grants to repair infrastructure. Mississippi’s threshold for a PA declaration is $4.2 million in damage. The results of the joint MEMA-FEMA assessments revealed $1.38 million dollars in damage, making the state ineligible for assistance.

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