Posts Tagged ‘flooding’

Provision could nix some higher flood insurance premiums

WASHINGTON — Homeowners worried that new federal flood maps will send their flood insurance premiums skyrocketing would get some short-term relief under a provision tucked into a massive government-wide funding bill. But other changes to the federal flood insurance program, including higher premiums on businesses, vacation homes and frequently flooded properties will remain in place, […] [...]

Judge rules against Kmart in flood damage case

CORINTH — A federal judge has denied a request from Kmart Corporation to file a corrected report on testimony of its engineering expert in a lawsuit over flood damage to one of its stores in Corinth. U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson ruled in December that changing the testimony would force both sides to incur more […] [...]

Cochran ‘encouraged’ by effort to stop flood insurance reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says he is encouraged by the growing momentum for the Senate to consider bipartisan legislation he helped write to stop flood insurance reforms that are having unintended and harmful economic consequences throughout Mississippi and other states. Cochran met with dozens of local officials and business leaders in […] [...]

Mat Sinking Unit continues work along the Mississippi River

VICKSBURG — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District’s Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) is currently working within the Corps’ Memphis District boundaries laying articulated concrete mats (ACM) on the Mississippi River’s banks. The ACM assists with the prevention of erosion and protects submerged riverbank areas. The MSU has completed approximately 34 percent […] [...]

Weather threat moves into state; Halloween could be spooky

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The National Weather Service is predicting a rather spooky Halloween for a large part of the state, and trick-or-treaters are being warned to stay alert. The NWS has issued a flash flood watch that begins at 10 a.m. this morning and runs through the evening hours. The forecast calls for heavy rainfall […] [...]

Senators want ‘immediate relief’ from flood insurance

WASHINGTON — Twenty-four U.S. senators, including both from Mississippi and both from Louisiana, have signed a letter saying they want “immediate relief” for people facing steep rate increases for coverage in the National Flood Insurance Program. The letter was sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The rate hikes were […] [...]

SBA disaster assistance available due to rain, flooding

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Mississippi as a result of excessive rain and flooding beginning Jan. 1, 2013. The disaster declaration […] [...]

Insurance Department files lawsuit; looks to block federal rate hikes

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Insurance filed a lawsuit yesterday against the federal government to try to block rates from increasing Oct. 1 in the National Flood Insurance Program. State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said that unless something changes, some customers could see their rates rise by more than 3,000 percent because of a […] [...]

Eight counties report damage from storm system

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of damage from eight counties as a result of severe weather that moved through the state yesterday. MEMA says minor street flooding was reported in Hinds, Rankin, Washington and Yazoo counties. Trees were reported down in Jones and Scott counties. There was street flooding […] [...]

District wants court to decide if county has to pay for waterparks

LAMAR COUNTY — The Pat Harrison Waterway District has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to determine whether Lamar County must still pay for operation of nine waterparks regardless of its decision to leave the district. At issue is about $18.6 million. The waterway district argues Lamar County has a contractual obligation to maintain the nine […] [...]

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