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Mississippi Counties Declared Federal Disaster Areas

Posted by feww on May 1, 2014


Major Disaster declared for Mississippi (DR-4175)

Seven counties in Mississippi have been declared federal disaster areas following devastation from severe storms and tornadoes that swept through the state beginning April 28.

“We have experienced tragic loss of life as a result of these storms and tornadoes, and many Mississippians have lost their homes and all that they own,” said Gov. Bryant.

The counties that have been declared Federal Disaster Areas are Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Rankin, Wayne, and Winston.

Trails of Death and Destruction

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) said it had  received  confirmed reports of 13 deaths  in the state as a result of tornadoes and severe weather on Monday.

Damage is being reported in 23 counties with at least 945 homes destroyed or sustained major damage with a total of more than 1,750 homes affected. In addition preliminary assessments show 65 businesses destroyed or sustained major damage.

Counties reporting storm-related deaths

Issaquena: One death.
Leake: One death
Lee: One death.
Rankin: One death.
Winston: Nine deaths, one child still missing.

Mississippi National Guardsmen are assisting with security in Lee County and the Mississippi Highway Patrol is assisting in Winston County. Gov. Bryant has made it clear that looting will not be tolerated.

Further damage assessments could also warrant an updated request from the state to extend Individual Assistance and Public Assistance aid to additional counties, said MEMA.

FIRE-EARTH Damage Estimate

[Updated May 1, 2014 @ 04:00UTC]

FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models estimate cost of the damage caused by a deadly storm system that swept through eastern half of the U.S. this week at $1.1 billion, based on initial reports.

The massive storm system spawned more than 100 tornadoes, killing up to 50 people (unconfirmed) and devastating  large portions of central, southern, southeastern and eastern U.S. starting Sunday April 27, 2014. [The final estimates could be higher.]

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