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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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Corps closing floodgate as rivers rise

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A Mississippi floodgate is closing again because water levels are rising on the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is closing the Steele Bayou floodgate north of Vicksburg after opening it May 29. Corps officials expect the gate to stay closed two to three weeks, if no rain falls along the Yazoo River ...

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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 Grande, an island to the ...

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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 as early as this week ...

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Panel rejects appeal in global warming/Katrina lawsuit

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A federal appeals panel has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a group of Mississippi Gulf Coast residents and landowners who alleged that emissions by energy companies contributed to global warming, which intensified Hurricane Katrina, which, in turn, damaged their property. In the lawsuit, the landowners sought compensatory and punitive damages against 32 companies ...

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Bill amendment aimed at giving state say in La. levee project

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Senate has accepted an amendment authored by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) aimed at giving Mississippi a role in a proposed levee project that could result in new flood threats to the Mississippi Gulf Coast if not carefully studied with input from affected parties. The Cochran amendment was incorporated into a package of amendments added ...

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MDA adds $40M to Katrina fund for omitted neighborhoods

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Development Authority has added $40 million to the post-Katrina Neighborhood Home Program to reach eligible residents initially left off the list. Under the program, contractors are repairing Katrina-damaged homes not covered by previous disaster assistance. Jon Mabry, chief operations officer of MDA’s recovery division, told The Sun Herald 1,200 to 1,400 households could be ...

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Forecasters predict higher, later river crest at Vicksburg

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Mississippi River is now predicted to crest Friday at 44 feet in Vicksburg. The forecast is a foot higher and a day later than predicted last week. Forecasters tell the Vicksburg Post the updated projection is based on rainfall amounts in areas near tributaries that feed the Lower Mississippi. The river was 43.4 feet at Vicksburg ...

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