Posts Tagged ‘rain’

Storm leaves one dead, damaged homes and closed roads

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The body of a 9-year-old Yazoo City girl, who authorities say was swept away by weekend flash flood waters, was recovered late yesterday, authorities said. Yazoo County director of emergency management Joey Ward said Patrauna Hudson’s body was located, retrieved and identified about 7 p.m. The child’s mother positively identified her, he […] [...]

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 […] [...]

MDMR closes oyster reefs due to heavy rains

GULF OF MEXICO — Heavy rain has prompted Mississippi officials to close oyster reefs. Mississippi’s Department of Marine Resources said in a news release that all reefs closed at 4 p.m. Friday. No specific date for re-opening was given. Officials said the reefs will reopen when water samples meet state criteria. Heavy rainfall can affect […] [...]

Lawmakers believe disaster assistance will help oyster, crab industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) say they are optimistic that $10.9 million in disaster assistance awarded to Mississippi will help the state’s commercial oyster and blue crab industries recover from setbacks caused by flooding in 2011. Cochran, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Wicker, a […] [...]

Two killed as storms slam the Magnolia State

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A storm system swept across the central and southern U.S. yesterday, bringing tornadoes and wind gusts that ripped roofs from barns and hurled trees into power lines, officials said. At least two people were killed. A man died after his mobile home overturned in northern Mississippi, said Coahoma County coroner Scotty Meredith. […] [...]

Summer rains mean lower TVA power bills

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority says an unusually wet summer has translated into lower electric bills for customers. John McCormick, Tennessee Valley Authority’s vice president for river operations, said in a statement that the rain kept the utility’s hydroelectric dams, which provide the cheapest source of energy, working overdrive. Scott Brooks, a Nashville-based […] [...]

Engineer: Dam project could cost more than $1M

PURVIS — A Lamar County engineer says a property owners association could be looking at a $1-million price tag to return a dam in the Lake Serene system of lakes to Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality standards. “We’re hoping that won’t be the case, but it could,” engineer Don Walker said last week. Damage to […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Bad weather threatens future of longtime balloon race

NATCHEZ — After rainy weather hurt attendance at this year’s race, the organization that puts on the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race may not have enough money to open the gates for 2014 without dipping into its reserve fund. If the balloon race is unsuccessful next year, reports The Natchez Democrat, the committee will have […] [...]

Sorghum crop late, but yields looking okay

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s farmers showed their ability to adapt when wet spring weather forced many of them to change their planting intentions from corn, cotton and soybeans to late-planted grain sorghum. “This year it rained from about March 25 through mid-May, which had a huge impact on delaying planting and actually switching crop intentions,” […] [...]

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