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Oklahoma storms have increased interest in home storm shelters

Seeing images of the almost unimaginable destruction from the tornado in Moore, Okla., has prompted a lot of people to make inquiries into building a storm shelter in their home. While there isn’t currently any money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for storm shelters in Mississippi, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Robert Latham advises state residents ...

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Army Corps of Engineers: Backwater levees must be raised or face de-certification

The Mississippi Delta may finally be drying out after an historic flood inundated 200 square miles of the region last spring. But the flood left behind a giant-sized worry for the region — the prospect of de-certification of the Yazoo Backwater Levee. Federal officials say the recent flooding showed the 27-mile long flood protection berm must be raised more than ...

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Post-Katrina funds bring wealth of public buildings to the Mississippi Gulf Coast

There are many vacant lots on the Coast’s post-Katrina landscape where homes, businesses and churches once stood. However, a number of public facilities have been constructed to replace those lost in the 2005 hurricane. A combination of funds through the Mississippi Development Authority, federal Community Development Block Grants, FEMA and insurance proceeds were used to finance the buildings. In Long ...

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Attorneys plan appeal of FEMA trailer ruling

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Plaintiffs’ attorneys plan to appeal a judge’s dismissal of claims against the federal government by Mississippi storm victims who say they were exposed to dangerous fumes while living in FEMA trailers after Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled last month that a Mississippi law shields the federal government from negligence liability for providing free ...

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Cochran: More cooperation needed for flood maps

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is stressing the need for federal agencies to be more cooperative in dealing with Mississippi communities affected by an ongoing process to update flood maps. Mississippi’s senior senator also welcomed a decision to try to establish arbitration panels to resolve disputes. Cochran was among the lawmakers who met with officials from the Federal Emergency ...

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Resolving Katrina overpayments could take a year

PEARL — The director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) says all entities that may have been overpaid Hurricane Katrina grant money have been contacted, but he says it could take up to a year to resolve the issue. A March audit from the Inspector General’s Office of the Department of Homeland Security said that MEMA overpaid $18 million ...

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Jury deliberating FEMA trailer case

NEW ORLEANS — A federal jury yesterday rejected a New Orleans man’s claims that government contractors provided him with a trailer after Hurricane Katrina that exposed him to dangerous fumes, dealing another blow to those suing the trailer makers. Eight jurors unanimously decided that a trailer made by Forest River Inc. of Goshen, Ind., and occupied by Lyndon Wright, 39, ...

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Thompson opposes FEMA trailer sale

JACKSON — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was asked today to block the distribution of tens of thousands of FEMA trailers sold through government auctions. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a letter to Holder today that flooding the market with more than 100,000 units produced for the Federal Emergency Management Agency ...

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City facing disaster loan payback

D’IBERVILLE — The city’s success since Hurricane Katrina could mean D’Iberville will have to repay all or part of a $1.6-million federal disaster loan. City Manager Michael Janus told the Council March 2 that the loan may not be forgiven because the city has seen revenue climb since Hurricane Katrina. Loans totaling more than $1.2 billion were provided by FEMA ...

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