Spending at home more important than ever
Tunica Main Street is launching a “shop at home” campaign in an attempt to spark retail sales and generate tax revenue which has dropped off significantly in the wake of the Great Flood of 2011.
As is the case along most river counties, Tunica has suffered great financial losses since the rising waters of the Mississippi spread from its banks due to the spring rise and record rains in the Ohio River Valley. However, unlike most other Delta counties, Tunica’s heavy dependence on gaming revenue and the fact that all nine of the market’s casinos were closed for more than two weeks due to the near-record flooding has had an especially-adverse affect on Tunica’s economy and its local governments.
Plan splits up Cut-off
Changes brought on by the Mississippi River are not the only ones Tunica Cut-off residents may face, according to a special meeting with the Board of Supervisors on May 20.
During that session, around 30 residents of the area learned that a proposed redistricting plan will impact them. The plan calls for dividing the area between two supervisor districts. Currently, all four camps are located in District Four.
Consultant Chris Watson said that District Five will take in Charlie’s Camp and Bordeaux. District 4 will keep Nel-Win and Carol’s Camp.
Music festival raises funds for evacuees
It didn’t showcase the big names of the Beale Street Music Festival. Nor did it feature many of the attractions of small town events such as the Tunica Rivergate Festival.
But on Saturday, the High Water Music Festival left an indelible mark on a community suffering from the effects of the rising flood waters of the Mighty Mississippi – the displaced residents of the Tunica Cutoff.
“Attendance-wise, I think we sold about 700 wrist bands,” said Tunica businessman and former Nashville music insider John Mohead, organizer of the festival. “It was mainly a local turnout, but we did have some folks here from DeSoto County, as well as Clarksdale and Coahoma County.”
Cutoff residents: Timeline for returning home
• Tunica County inspects the roads it maintains on the west side of the Levee.
• EPA, MDEQ and MDH conduct safety and quality tests.
• All loose propane tanks and large appliances and debris removed.
• Tunica County Office of Planning and Development’s Building Inspector will assess exteriors of homes and foundations for structural damage. Will take approximately 2 weeks to complete.
• After home is inspected and deemed sound, homeowners must come to the Office of Planning and Development for a Demolition Permit to remove wet and damaged material. No repairs may be done at this time.
• Homes deemed unsound by a Tunica County Building Inspector must be removed.
• After removing materials, homeowners may then set up appointments with a Damage Assessment Team to go with them inside the home for further inspection.
• If home is deemed Substantially Damaged (repairs estimated to be at least 50% of value of home), homeowners must fill out a Floodplain Development Permit, AND the home must be raised to a minimum of 1 foot above 205.5’ before repairs begin. Submission of an Elevation Certificate that includes a survey will be required for a Building Application.
* If home is not deemed Substantially Damaged, homeowners must fill out a Building Permit for repair and remodel.
* Final Inspection from a County Building Inspector will be required for a Certificate of Occupancy.
* A Certificate of Occupancy will be required for utilities to be reconnected.
* Connection to the TCUD sewer system will be required when connection is available.
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