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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 […] [...]

USM moves to second phase of tornado recovery efforts

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi is moving into the second phase of a comprehensive landscaping plan to restore the southern edge of its Hattiesburg campus that suffered extensive damage from a Feb. 10 tornado. The initial phase of the $3-million project – which included planting of five mature live oak trees, grass sodding […] [...]

Aldermen want to land debris contractor before storm hits

MOSS POINT — The Board of Aldermen has approved a request to advertise for debris pickup in case of a storm. Alderman-at-large Houston Cunningham said the city wants to have a plan in place for debris removal in case a hurricane makes landfall this season, rather than trying to find a contractor after the storm. […] [...]

Town’s residents struggle to rebuild after destructive tornado

SHUQUALAK — Two months after a devastating tornado swept through Noxubee County, the residents of Shuqualak are rebuilding their homes and their lives. Running Water Road received the brunt of the April 11 tornado, where nine mobile homes were destroyed, the winds seeming to pick up and drop the home as effortlessly as a child […] [...]

USDA releases disaster recovery funding for Isaac, floods

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The office of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) reports Mississippi will receive more than $6.2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support recovery from recent natural disasters. The USDA has approved Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program funding to assist in the recovery from damages incurred during Hurricane Isaac […] [...]

Georges-damaged museum to reopen after 15 years

PASCAGOULA — The Scranton Museum will reopen the weekend of June 21, after being closed for 15 years. The museum, set up on a shrimp boat, has been closed since Hurricane Georges hit in 1998, causing substantial damage to the vessel. Ann Burgo, Pascagoula event specialist and Scranton Museum director who began running the museum […] [...]

Buccaneer’s wave pool to open tomorrow since detroyed by Katrina

WAVELAND — The 460,000-gallon wave pool at Buccaneer State Park will be open tomorrow for the first time since Hurricane Katrina heavily damaged the water park in 2005. The Sun Herald reports Buccaneer Bay director Stu Rayburn rode out Hurricane Katrina at the park and was there during the difficult recovery process following the storm. […] [...]

Power back on along Casino Strip after weekend storm

TUNICA — Power is back on in Tunica after a Sunday storm blew down power poles along Casino Strip Resort Boulevard. Nearly 30 poles snapped along the thoroughfare, WATN-TV reports. Three of the county’s nine casinos lost power and operated for a time on generators. Some homes also lost power. Monday, power crews were busy […] [...]

Gulf gets first named storm; Fla. bracing for landfall

GULF OF MEXICO — The first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, Andrea, formed yesterday over the Gulf of Mexico and was expected to bring wet weather to parts of Florida’s west coast over the next few days. Forecasters issued a tropical storm warning for a swath of Florida’s west coast starting at Boca […] [...]

With storms already brewing, Chaney urges insurance

JACKSON — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says people should review insurance policies as part of storm preparations as hurricane season approaches. Chaney says in a news release that most insurance companies won’t accept new applications after a designated hurricane or named storm enters the Gulf of Mexico. He says such a storm could develop […] [...]

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