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Grant awarded for storm cleanup; more counties eligible for aid

SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI  — The U.S. Department of Labor says it’s giving a $2-million grant to assist Mississippi with cleanup and recovery efforts from recent storms, tornadoes and flooding.

The funds are being awarded to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to create temporary jobs that support storm recovery efforts.

In the aftermath of storms that hit Mississippi in February, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared several counties eligible for FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

The state plans to target Forrest and Lamar counties for assistance under this grant.

In a related item, residents and businesses in Greene and Perry counties affected by the severe storms, flooding and tornadoes on Feb. 10 are now eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Residents in those counties can apply for individual assistance grants that could help with temporary housing or uninsured personal property losses.

Forrest, Lamar, Marion and Wayne counties were previously designated for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance for local governments and some private nonprofits. Jefferson Davis County was designated for Individual Assistance last week.

Anyone with damages may apply online by going to www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).



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