USDA offers assistance in removing debris from tornado

APTOPIX Severe WeatherLOUISVILLE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has received a request to assist with the removal of debris from areas in Louisville affected by the April 28 tornado.

Officials from Winston County and the city of Louisville have requested assistance through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP). The EWP program is subject to congressional approval and provides funding via the USDA/NRCS for emergencies created by natural disasters. Funds in the EWP will be used to assist the city of Louisville with storm debris removal from the creeks and tributaries around and near the location of the temporary hospital being established to provide health care services for residents of the area.

The EWP program is designed to assist people and conserve natural resources by relieving immediate hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, windstorms and other natural occurrences. It is a cost share program that assists units of government (sponsors) such as counties and cities with emergency recovery.

The NRCS will continue to receive requests from local units of government for assistance from the recent storms and tornadoes  that affected Mississippi through the EWP.

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