Posts Tagged ‘natural disaster’

Leaders dispute report on unspent Katrina aid

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mississippi officials said millions of dollars in federal aid still unspent years after Hurricane Katrina doesn’t spell trouble with the recovery effort, disputing a watchdog report that found among things that jobs’ creation was still lagging at the Port of Gulfport. Reacting to an Associated Press examination of the $847 million […] [...]

Funds remain unspent for Katrina-related recovery

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Eight years after Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast, Mississippi still hasn’t spent almost $1 billion in federal money dedicated to recovery from the storm. The remaining $872 million is part of $5.5 billion Congress gave the state to rebound from Katrina, which struck in August 2005, killed 238 people in […] [...]

Gabrielle reforms in Atlantic; Humberto expected to be hurricane today

GULF OF MEXICO — Tropical Storm Gabrielle has re-formed in the Atlantic and is approaching Bermuda. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early today are near 40 mph with some strengthening forecast over the next two days. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Bermuda, where Gabrielle is expected to bring a storm surge of […] [...]

Congressman, state and local leaders talk flood insurance

GULFPORT — Calling pending flood insurance increases “drastic and draconian,” U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo of Gulfport met today with state and local leaders to discuss ways to stem the tide of rising insurance rates that are due to kick in as early as October. Palazzo, Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and David Miller, associate administrator […] [...]

SBA offering disaster loans to those affected by late freeze

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is making available federal economic injury disaster loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in George, Greene, Jackson and Wayne counties as a result of frost and freezing on March 25-29, 2013. Under […] [...]

More rain expected in parts of Coast that saw weekend flooding

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Forecasters say there could be more rain this week in parts of south Mississippi hit with flash flooding over the weekend. Heavy rainfall over the weekend caused flooding in areas including Long Beach, Gulfport and Biloxi. Authorities said some areas of Gulfport recorded more than 6 inches of rain Sunday. William […] [...]

SBA disaster assistance available to victims of spring freeze

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration 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 freeze on March 25-29. The disaster declaration includes Amite, Carroll, Claiborne, Clarke, Copiah, Covington, […] [...]

County lands $10M FEMA grant for post-Isaac recovery

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County is getting a multimillion-dollar boost from the federal government to help erase the effects of Hurricane Isaac last year. The Sun Herald reports that the county will receive $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for dredging silt that Isaac swept into the mouths of bayous and channels. Matching money […] [...]

MEMA hosts earthquake-preparedness seminar; focuses on search/rescue

PEARL — Mississippians, both residents and first responders, must be ready for an earthquake. An important focus for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is to strengthen search and rescue capabilities. This week, MEMA hosted a seminar at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, focusing on the challenges of earthquake search and rescue. Local and state first […] [...]

Town rebuilding from tornado forced to cut plans due to funding

SMITHVILLE — The town board in Smithville has scaled back plans for a new government office complex. Officials tell WCBI-TV in Columbus they are not getting everything on their wish list but it will be close and within the $660,000 budget. Smithville city attorney Sam Griffie says aldermen will now have to thoroughly review all […] [...]

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