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May 4, 2010

GOVERNOR BARBOUR SEEKS PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FOR
THREE MISSISSIPPI COUNTIES

Governor Haley Barbour today requested Public Assistance for local governments in Warren, Issaquena and Monroe counties to aid recovery efforts after severe storms hit the areas April 24.

“Local governments in these three counties have had to remove a large amount of debris and face infrastructure repairs,” Governor Barbour said. “These severe storms left a large path of destruction across Mississippi, and federal and state agencies have worked diligently to assess the amount of damage as quickly as possible.”

As Governor Barbour discussed with President Obama on April 26, requests have been made for all counties that were impacted by the tornadoes. Based on damage assessments, Attala, Choctaw, Holmes and Yazoo counties have already been approved for Public Assistance. Public Assistance makes these counties eligible to receive federal funding for emergency protective measures required following the storms. This may include eligible debris removal costs and the repair of infrastructure.

All counties that qualify for Individual Assistance have been approved, which include Oktibbeha, Monroe, Union, Attala, Choctaw, Holmes, Warren and Yazoo counties. Individual Assistance programs available to families and individuals will include the Individuals and Households Program, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Disaster Legal Services, the Disaster Food Stamp Program and Small Business Administration loans.

For more information call MEMA’s Public Information Line at 866-519-MEMA.