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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 […] [...]

Cochran: SURE not offering timely relief to farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Shortcomings in a federal agriculture disaster assistance program to advocate for reforms to ensure timely benefits for farmers who lose crops to flooding or other disasters, according to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). Cochran addressed problems with the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE) at a Senate Homeland Security Appropriations hearing that […] [...]

USDA declares 12 counties disaster areas

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 12 counties in Mississippi as agricultural disaster areas for 2011. The USDA says its declaration is based on combined effects of severe storms, tornadoes, severe spring flooding, Tropical Storm Lee, widespread drought and excessive heat since Jan. 1. The declaration means farmers who lost money […] [...]

Cochran: ‘Underestimating syndrome’ hurting disaster funding

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says budgetary “underestimating syndrome” skews congressional and public understanding of the federal funding needed to address disaster recovery. Cochran serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that conducted a hearing Wednesday afternoon titled “The Federal Role in Disaster Recovery and Response.” The hearing featured testimony from the […] [...]

Storm-torn town to get new sports complex

SMITHVILLE — The Town of Smithville is planning to renovate the local sportsplex as the area continues to recover from an April 27 tornado. Smithville Mayor Gregg Kennedy tells WTVA-TV the town plans to offer baseball, softball and T-ball to kids once work is completed on two fields at the Johnny Noe Sports Plex. Kennedy […] [...]

ARC grant to aid storm-tossed city, county

SMITHVILLE — The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has approved a $350,000 grant for the construction of a facility to support jobs in Smithville and Monroe County, whose economic base took a hit when a massive EF-5 tornado ripped through the region in April. The $350,000 grant from ARC will be combined with $265,800 in state […] [...]

State Farm has paid $5B for weather-related catastrophes

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — As a summer of wildfires, tropical storms and hurricanes followed a spring of relentless tornadoes and hail storms, State Farm Insurance paid its customers $5 billion to repair, rebuild and replace cars, homes and other property damaged by weather-related catastrophes so far this year. State Farm is the nation’s largest insurer of […] [...]

SBA offering disaster relief to businesses in six counties

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Small, non-farm businesses in six Delta counties in Mississippi are now eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the combined effects of hail, high winds, flooding, widespread drought and excessive heat that began April […] [...]

TVA finally restores system after April storms

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority has placed the last two transmission lines, both from Widows Creek Fossil Plant in Alabama, back in service 74 days after sustaining unprecedented damage due to severe storms and tornadoes in April on its power transmission system. Rob Manning, TVA executive vice president for Power System Operations, said, […] [...]

Supervisors can’t cut debris-cleanup deal

HOUSTON — The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors has rejected 12 bids for debris removal from the April 27 tornado. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that supervisors agreed to continue clean up themselves while deciding their step. Supervisors had initially hoped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would be involved in the cleanup and […] [...]

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