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SBA disaster assistance available as death toll climbs to 14

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet says the SBA is ready to assist businesses after the announcement of the presidential disaster declaration for several counties in Mississippi affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from last Monday’s storms. The disaster declaration covers the counties of Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Rankin, Wayne and Winston in Mississippi, which ...

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Cold, wet weather raising concerns of hay producers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Hay producers need warmer temperatures and drier ground to catch up with production this spring. “Everything is shaping up to be late with all the wet, cool weather we’ve had,” said Charlie Bush, Mississippi State University Extension Service agent in Simpson County. Simpson was one of the counties where some fields flooded after most areas in central ...

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SBA grants disaster declaration request; opening center

Folks who are being impacted by the recent storms and subsequent flooding are being offered assistance. Residents and businesses in Southwest Mississippi affected by severe weather and flooding that occurred on March 28–29 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced. Contreras-Sweet made the loans available in response to a letter ...

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Chaney drops lawsuit against National Flood Insurance Program

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi’s lawsuit against the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will be withdrawn pending the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) implementation of a new law passed by Congress “intended to alleviate some of the draconian rate increases facing Mississippi homeowners,” Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney said. Chaney and the Mississippi Insurance Department filed suit Sept. 26, ...

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State facing more severe weather; flood concerns heightened

State officials are bracing for yet more flooding. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service are asking residents to prepare for the possibility of another round of severe storms through this evening. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service say there will be two rounds of severe weather. The first round of storms will move through the state ...

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Senators push FEMA to implement flood insurance reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) have sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate requesting a meeting to discuss a plan to implement the recently passed flood insurance reform law and reinstating rates as Congress intended. The senators want Fugate to explain why property owners ...

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Another death reported from weekend storms

COAHOMA COUNTY — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says a second person has died because of recent storms. MEMA spokesman Greg Flynn says a Coahoma County man died Wednesday at a Memphis, Tenn., hospital. The man had been taken there after he was injured when strong winds destroyed his mobile home April 3. Flynn said yesterday that the man’s name ...

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Officials remain concerned about ongoing flooding

Two highways in Central Mississippi remain closed, and state officials are concerned about more damages and loss of life. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reports Highway 427 at Highway 16 just south of Edinburg and Highway 80 at Chunky River are still closed. State Route 149 at Strong River and Dabb’s Creek and Highwawy 540 in Simpson County have ...

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Bryant declares state of emergency as waters rise

While the storms have finally cleared the state, their aftermath is still being seen. Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency in 12 Mississippi counties that have suffered impacts from flooding and severe storms that moved through the state beginning April 3. Chickasaw, Covington, Hinds, Holmes, Jones, Kemper, Marion, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Simpson and Yazoo counties are included ...

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Waterlogged? More rain expected

Rivers and creeks are on the rise across the state — and more rain is on the way. Flood warnings are out for central Mississippi and the Delta, the hardest hit regions from a storm system that brought a large amount of rain and high winds to the state since Sunday. The National Weather Service says a fast-moving storm system ...

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