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Insurers will pay $32B for weather-related losses in 2011

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Insurance companies will pay more than $32 billion in claims to help people rebuild homes and businesses damaged or destroyed by natural disasters in 2011, a record year for federal disaster declarations, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). “Catastrophes striking the United States in the first nine months of 2011 caused […] [...]

Controversial Yazoo Pumps back in the courtroom

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A federal appeals court has scheduled arguments for Feb. 9 in New Orleans on efforts by a Mississippi levee board to revive a long-debated federal pump project. The Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners appealed a Mississippi federal judge’s dismissal of its lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A three-judge panel of […] [...]

City officials lobbying for change in flood codes

PASCAGOULA — Pascagoula officials are asking lawmakers to amend a state law and allow local governments to enforce federal floodplain codes at hunting and fishing camps so they can qualify for the National Flood Insurance Program. City attorney Eddie Williams tells the Mississippi Press the change is required because the state’s exemption on such properties […] [...]

FEMA seeking comments on ‘levee-inclusive’ method

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), are encouraging community leaders, engineers and people in flood-prone areas to assess and then comment on a new “levee-inclusive” risk assessment process that will replace the “without levee” method criticized by the lawmakers earlier this year. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened a […] [...]

Two more communities earn StormReady designation

MENDENHALL and SMITH COUNTY — The city of Mendenhall as well as Smith County have earned the latest StormReady designation by the National Weather Service. Mississippi now has 41 StormReady designations that cover 16 cities or towns, 20 counties, three state universities and one government site. StormReady is a nationwide program of the National Weather […] [...]

Feds reject Hood’s request to waive flood ordinance

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The federal government has rejected a request for a waiver from a flood mitigation ordinance for hunting and fishing camps located in the Mississippi Delta. The Bolivar Commercial reports it had obtained a copy of a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Attorney General Jim Hood in which FEMA rejected […] [...]

Ole Miss having to upgrade emergency plans

OXFORD — Recognizing the importance of preparedness when disasters strike, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency have provided a grant to help the University of Mississippi upgrade its Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. The $84,344 grant calls for an evaluation and upgrade of the mitigation plan, which was approved in 2006, because […] [...]

City could buy out homes affected by spring flood

VICKSBURG — Five property owners whose homes were inundated by the spring flood of the Mississippi River could have their homes bought out by the city of Vicksburg next year. The Vicksburg Post reports the Board of Mayor and Aldermen has authorized Mayor Paul Winfield to apply for a $150,000 grant from the Federal Emergency […] [...]

April storms cost county more than $1M

OXFORD — The April 27 storms that slashed across Lafayette County have cost the county $1.4 million, according to county administrator Joseph Johnson. Johnson tells the Oxford Eagle that figure includes contractor work for debris removal. A tornado tore apart at least 18 homes in the Pine Flat community in Lafayette County, but no one […] [...]

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