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FEMA awards grant to defray costs of moving tornado-damaged hospital

A tornado passes near Barnes Crossing Mall in Tupelo during the statewide outbreak of April 28. Recovery and rebuilding has begun, but will likely take years to complete.

LOUISVILLE — A $1-million federal grant has been awarded to support medical service delivery in tornado-damaged Louisville and Winston County.

The Winston County Medical Foundation was awarded the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant for costs associated with the temporary relocation of the Winston Medical Center and the temporary facility to house its health care functions. The medical center sustained heavy damage during the tornado that hit Louisville on April 28.

“FEMA is making this funding available as part of the rebuilding process for Winston County. The displacement of the medical center into temporary facilities is just one of the challenges created by the deadly storms that damaged a good part of Mississippi almost six months ago,” said Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).

The FEMA Public Assistance grant will be drawn from the Disaster Relief Fund, which Cochran has supported in his role on the Senate Appropriations Committee. It will cover 75 percent of the costs associated with this $1.4-million grant application.

Following the April 28 storm, a national mobile disaster hospital was opened in Louisville for use until the Winston Medical Center is rebuilt.

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