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State's cotton crops faces numerous hurdles

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s cotton has overcome one hurdle after another all season, and fall weather is all that stands between respectable yields and the finish line. Darrin Dodds, cotton specialist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said “challenging” is the one word that sums up the 2011 cotton crop. “It has been a year of challenges. It was cold ...

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Six counties included in USDA disaster declaration

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated the entire State of Arkansas, which includes 75 counties, as a primary natural disaster area due to losses caused by the combined effects of hail, high winds, flooding, widespread drought and excessive heat that began April 1 and continues. Farmers and ranchers in the following counties of Mississippi also qualify ...

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Damage assessment from Lee continues as new storm threatens

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to receive damage reports from the effects of Tropical Storm Lee. And, a new tropical storm has formed in the Gulf and warnings have already been issued. It could become a hurricane as early as tomorrow. So far, 30 counties have reported damages ranging from minor to major due to Lee. ...

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Flood victims to be offered buy-out program

VICKSBURG — Vicksburg officials will hold a forum on Sept. 1 at the Vicksburg Auditorium for homeowners in the areas hit by the 2011 flood who are interested in participating in a voluntary home buyout program. The Vicksburg Post reports that the city will apply for funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Mississippi River crested at 57.1 feet ...

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SBA flood assistance deadline approaching

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible private non-profit organizations (PNPs) of the Sept. 12 deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by the flooding that occurred from May 3-June 17, 2011. PNPs located in Adams, Bolivar, Claiborne, Coahoma, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jefferson, Sharkey, Tunica, Warren, Washington, Wilkinson, and Yazoo counties in Mississippi are eligible ...

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USDA declares nine counties disaster areas

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated nine counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by flooding that occurred April 15-July 1, 2011. The counties are Adams, Claiborne, DeSoto, Humphreys, Jefferson, Quitman, Warren, Wilkinson and Yazoo. Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Mississippi also qualify for natural ...

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City officials waive demolition penalty for flood victims

VICKSBURG — Vicksburg officials have waived a penalty usually associated with demolition of blighted property for property owners whose homes were damaged by the spring floods and are being demolished by the city. The Vicksburg Post reported that officials waived for six months the penalty the city charges for demolishing and clearing dilapidated buildings. The waiver can be extended, Mayor ...

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Homeowners face massive post-flood mold problem

As Mississippians return to their water-damaged homes following the historic Mississippi River flood, they are coming face to face with a new threat — mold. Mold can cause serious, long-term health problems, and recovery specialists urge disaster survivors to protect themselves by treating or discarding mold- and mildew-infected items. Mold and mildew start growing within 24 hours after a flood, ...

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Isle of Capri closing costs city six-digit loss

NATCHEZ — After crunching the numbers, the Natchez city clerk says the city lost approximately $106,000 in gaming revenues during the 41 days the Isle of Capri casino was closed for flooding. City Clerk Donnie Holloway reported the amount at a meeting of the Natchez Board of Aldermen. The actual losses are $16,000 less than previously predicted by Holloway. [ITAL]The ...

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Federal flood assistance nears $9M

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Federal assistance approved for people in 14 Mississippi counties that were declared a major disaster area by the president following the historic flooding of the Mississippi River and its tributaries has reached $8,670,223. Here is a summary, through June 15, of all federal assistance to individuals in counties affected by the flooding that began May 3, and ...

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