MISSISSIPPI RECEIVES FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION FOR 14 COUNTIES AFFECTED BY MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOODING
JACKSON – Gov. Haley Barbour announced today that the 14 counties affected by the Mississippi River flooding have been declared major disaster areas eligible for Individual Assistance by President Obama.
The counties included in the major disaster declaration include Adams, Bolivar, Claiborne, Coahoma, DeSoto, Jefferson, Humphreys, Issaquena, Sharkey, Tunica, Warren, Washington, Wilkinson and Yazoo counties. Other counties may be added as appropriate.
“We are grateful to President Obama and FEMA for quickly fulfilling our request for assistance,” Gov. Barbour said. “The flooding situation will last for several weeks, and this declaration gives Mississippians in flooded areas access to federal assistance that can help families through this difficult time.”
The White House continues to have under review a request for Public Assistance for state and local governments. Gov. Barbour is confident when the review is complete, the federal government will determine President Obama should approve the request.
The disaster declaration makes federal assistance grants and programs available to individuals. Assistance includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, crisis counseling, disaster unemployment assistance, USDA food coupons and distribution, disaster legal services, the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Small Business Administration disaster loans for affected residents in the 14 declared counties.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance today by registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov, by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
Levee standing strong, officials say
The Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Levee Board has responded to normal saturation adjacent to the berm area near Robinsonville in Tunica County.
“This response is a normal, high-water exercise,” said Kelly Greenwood, Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Levee Board chief engineer and CEO. “There is no cause for alarm.”
Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Levee Board crews have brought in trucks of sand to contain the saturation, typical in a high-water event.
“This does not constitute a levee emergency,” said Kelly Greenwood, Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Levee Board chief engineer and CEO. “We are confident in the stability of our levees, and we will continue to monitor them 24 hours a day.”
Officials plan public meeting Saturday (May 7)
Tunica County officials will address Tunica Cut-off residents about conditions in and around the four camps on the unprotected side of the levee, at a meeting tomorrow (Saturday, May 7) at 1 p.m. at the G.W. Henderson Recreation Center. All concerned are invited to attend. A video presentation will be part of the information provided, as well as updates from FEMA, MEMA and county planners. About 350 residents from the Cut-off area on the west side of the levee have been evacuated from their homes.
IMPORTANT NOTE: As of Friday, May 6, no water has entered any casino floor. Hotels, stores and restaurants throughout Tunica County are open and welcome all customers. In fact, patronizing these businesses is the best way to help Tunica County right now.
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