Posts Tagged ‘Winston County’

Louisville, Winston County leaders see opportunities after devastating tornado

LOUISVILLE — Six months after a devastating tornado, Winston County’s hospital is still operating out of tents and shipping containers, home rebuilding is sputtering along and it may be another year before a new plywood mill opens. Still, leaders in Louisville say they’re optimistic about rebounding from April 28′s devastating tornado, which killed 10 people […] [...]

FEMA approves more than $43M for tornado recovery efforts

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), with Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), report approval for more than $43.5 million in federal grant awards linked to work to rebuild tornado-damaged Louisville and Winston County, including $34.5 million to support restoration of a plywood manufacturing plant. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) informed […] [...]

Community college getting federal funds to help county recover from tornado

DECATUR — The U.S. Labor Department is giving Mississippi’s East Central Community College $2.5 million to help Winston County recover from the April 28 tornado. The money will go to help improve worker training and support businesses in the area’s manufacturing sector. Several factories were damaged or destroyed by the storm. East Central, based in […] [...]

FEMA awards grant to defray costs of moving tornado-damaged hospital

LOUISVILLE — A $1-million federal grant has been awarded to support medical service delivery in tornado-damaged Louisville and Winston County. The Winston County Medical Foundation was awarded the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant for costs associated with the temporary relocation of the Winston Medical Center and the temporary facility to house its health care […] [...]

USDA offers assistance in removing debris from tornado

LOUISVILLE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has received a request to assist with the removal of debris from areas in Louisville affected by the April 28 tornado. Officials from Winston County and the city of Louisville have requested assistance through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP). The EWP program […] [...]

Legislature passes $17M in tornado relief funding

JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature met in a three-hour session yesterday and approved $17 million to help pay for recovery from disasters, including tornadoes that recently pounded the state. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the funding measure, Senate Bill 2001, and it became law immediately. The governor originally said he would ask lawmakers for up […] [...]

Legislators return to Capitol to vote on tornado relief funding

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are returning to Jackson today for a special session to consider up to $20 million in state funding for tornado recovery. Twenty-three tornadoes swept through the state last week, killing 14 people and causing extensive damage in Louisville, Tupelo and other places. The special session begins at 1 p.m. today and […] [...]

Governor could call special session for tornado recovery funding

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant may call the Mississippi Legislature into special session to help pay state government’s share of tornado recovery costs. Speaking yesterday in Louisville, Bryant told reporters that the state believes that it needs at least $8.5 million to match federal aid from the April 26 tornadoes. The National Weather Service has […] [...]

Extension assessing damage to agriculture by tornadoes

WINSTON COUNTY — Disaster assessment teams with the Mississippi State University Extension Service are providing “boots on the ground” as agricultural landowners begin the process of recovering from the April 28 storms. “These trained teams can assess immediate and long-term needs,” said Elmo Collum, a disaster response coordinator with the MSU Extension Service. “They may […] [...]

Officials begin looking toward post-tornado future

WINSTON COUNTY — Rescuers were still looking for people missing after last Monday’s tornado when Louisville and Winston County officials started thinking about long-term recovery. The county of 19,000 people in east Mississippi faces three major challenges — housing for hundreds left homeless, rebuilding its health care system after the twister shattered its hospital and […] [...]

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