USDA releases disaster recovery funding for Isaac, floods

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The office of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) reports Mississippi will receive more than $6.2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support recovery from recent natural disasters.

The USDA has approved Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program funding to assist in the recovery from damages incurred during Hurricane Isaac and flooding in 2012, as well as flooding earlier this year.

The EWP is an emergency recovery program administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service that provides on-site technical and financial assistance to communities recovering from natural disasters. The funding approved for Mississippi can be used for a variety of activities, including stream debris removal, eroded bank restoration, levee and drainage facility repairs.

The bulk of the EWP funding will be directed toward projects associated with Hurricane Isaac destruction, with nearly $5.9 million approved for financial assistance and technical assistance. For damages caused by flooding this February, $167,264 will be made available. Another $165,001 was approved for recovery efforts from flooding in July 2012.

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