Posts Tagged ‘natural disaster’

FEMA forgives Coast city’s $5M-plus Katrina debt

PASCAGOULA — More than $5 million in loans approved for the city of Pascagoula after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 have been forgiven by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The city was notified of the decision this week. After the storm, many businesses and services in Pascagoula shut down, causing the city to lose millions in […] [...]

Some non-profits eligible for post-tornado assistance

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Certain private non-profit organizations (PNPs) that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low interest rate disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans are available as a result of a presidential disaster declaration for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding on April […] [...]

Chaney orders expansion of efforts to meet storm victims’ needs

JACKSON — Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney is expanding the efforts of the Mississippi Insurance Department (MID) and State Fire Marshal’s Office in assisting victims of Monday’s storms. Chaney and his staff visited Richland, Pearl, Brandon, Louisville and Tupelo Tuesday to assess damage, and he has ordered extra personnel in place […] [...]

Obama declares disaster in wake of storms as death toll rises

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Seven counties in Mississippi have been declared federal disaster areas following devastation from severe storms and tornadoes that swept through the state beginning April 28. Gov. Phil Bryant requested the expedited declaration from President Obama on April 29, and Mississippi’s congressional delegation yesterday sent a letter to the president in support of […] [...]

Storm victims offered assistance from SBA; center opens

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Residents and businesses affected by severe weather and flooding on April 7–10 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced. On April 15, Gov. Phil Bryant requested a disaster declaration by the SBA. The declaration covers Covington County, and the adjacent counties of […] [...]

Another death reported from weekend storms

COAHOMA COUNTY — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says a second person has died because of recent storms. MEMA spokesman Greg Flynn says a Coahoma County man died Wednesday at a Memphis, Tenn., hospital. The man had been taken there after he was injured when strong winds destroyed his mobile home April 3. Flynn said […] [...]

Forty-five years after landfall, Hurricane Camille is downgraded

GULF OF MEXICO — The National Hurricane Center has downgraded Hurricane Camille’s strength at its catastrophic landfall in 1969. The Category 5 hurricane came ashore along Mississippi’s coast. The storm was blamed for 256 deaths in the U.S. and $1.4 billion in damage at the time. Researchers from the hurricane center and Florida International University […] [...]

Deadline approaches for aid to victims of last year’s flooding

ALCORN COUNTY and TISHOMINGO COUNTY — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that April 28 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans. These loans are available in Alcorn and Tishomingo counties in Mississippi […] [...]

Coast city getting FEMA funding to fix Isaac-damaged piers

GULFPORT — The city of Gulfport is getting nearly $1.6 million to repair piers and jetties damaged by Hurricane Isaac in 2012 — work that U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran says has been languishing because of bureaucratic environmental hurdles. Cochran, who serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency […] [...]

Concerns still high about possible flood insurance hikes

GREENVILLE — Henry Nathaniel has escaped the rising tide of flood insurance costs for now, but he’s still worried. The retired 70-year-old owns a 1,650-square-foot house valued at less than $50,000 on Greenville’s north side. He was already paying a relatively steep $550 a year to the National Flood Insurance Program. Then he got a […] [...]

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