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Congressman, state and local leaders talk flood insurance

GULFPORT — Calling pending flood insurance increases “drastic and draconian,” U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo of Gulfport met today with state and local leaders to discuss ways to stem the tide of rising insurance rates that are due to kick in as early as October. Palazzo, Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and David Miller, associate administrator for the Federal Emergency Management ...

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More rain expected in parts of Coast that saw weekend flooding

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Forecasters say there could be more rain this week in parts of south Mississippi hit with flash flooding over the weekend. Heavy rainfall over the weekend caused flooding in areas including Long Beach, Gulfport and Biloxi. Authorities said some areas of Gulfport recorded more than 6 inches of rain Sunday. William Harold, a Gulfport resident, said ...

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Crews attack flood threats in Horn Lake

HORN LAKE — City crews in Horn Lake are at work this week trying to reduce flood threats in the city. The Commercial Appeal reported public works employees are clearing ditches that are a major cause of flooding threatening homes and businesses during times of heavy rain. Public works director Spencer “Penny” Shields says the department has mulched debris in ...

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Dropping river allows Corps to reopen flood gates

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — After recently enduring near record high stages, the Mississippi River has begun to decrease in water levels, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Forecasters predict the Mississippi River will fall rapidly over the next seven to ten days, from 36 feet to approximately 21 feet on the Vicksburg gauge. The falling Mississippi River levels enabled ...

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Cochran backing bill to delay flood insurance premium increase

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting legislation that would delay planned National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) premium increases for one year. Cochran serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that approved legislation that would, among other things, impose a one-year prohibition on the use of any Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to implement Flood Insurance ...

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High water has TVA spilling at dams; farmland to be impacted

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority is working to move large volumes of water, as much as one million gallons per second in some places, along the Tennessee River system to reduce potentially damaging flooding from record rainfall. TVA prepared for this event by lowering reservoir levels on the main channel of the Tennessee River beginning the last week ...

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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. In 2012, after Hurricane Isaac, ...

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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 and flooding in 2012, as ...

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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. Work on the $21 million ...

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Senators introduce bill aimed at keeping down flood insurance costs

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today joined Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) to introduce legislation to avoid flood insurance rate increases. Cochran is the primary cosponsor to the Responsible Implementation of Flood Insurance Reform Act, which was developed in response to increasing concerns from Mississippians about the prospect of significantly higher flood insurance rates being imposed as early as ...

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