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Insurers will pay $32B for weather-related losses in 2011

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Insurance companies will pay more than $32 billion in claims to help people rebuild homes and businesses damaged or destroyed by natural disasters in 2011, a record year for federal disaster declarations, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). “Catastrophes striking the United States in the first nine months of 2011 caused $32.6 billion in direct insured ...

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Nature unleashes fury, from the Delta across to East Mississippi

Bad weather made 2011 a year to forget. The losses from tornadoes, flooding and drought are still being calculated. In April, the state suffered one of the worst tornado outbreaks in history. Hardest hit was the Town of Smithville, a community of less than 1,000 that was hit by an EF-5 tornado on April 27 leaving 16 dead. >> See ...

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City, county earn StormReady designation

MENDENHALL and SMITH COUNTY — The city of Mendenhall as well as Smith County have earned the latest StormReady designation by the National Weather Service. Mississippi now has 41 StormReady designations that cover 16 cities or towns, 20 counties, three state universities and one government site. StormReady is a nationwide program of the National Weather Service that helps communities protect ...

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Two more communities earn StormReady designation

MENDENHALL and SMITH COUNTY — The city of Mendenhall as well as Smith County have earned the latest StormReady designation by the National Weather Service. Mississippi now has 41 StormReady designations that cover 16 cities or towns, 20 counties, three state universities and one government site. StormReady is a nationwide program of the National Weather Service that helps communities protect ...

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Ole Miss having to upgrade emergency plans

OXFORD — Recognizing the importance of preparedness when disasters strike, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency have provided a grant to help the University of Mississippi upgrade its Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. The $84,344 grant calls for an evaluation and upgrade of the mitigation plan, which was approved in 2006, because significant changes have occurred since ...

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Officials looking at plans to rebuild tornado-damaged town

STARKVILLE and SMITHVILLE — Smithville officials are in Starkville today to see recovery ideas developed by Mississippi State University students for the town, which was devastated by a tornado in April. Professor John Poros says the 27 architecture students worked up 11 plans for a municipal complex — some with one building, some with as many as three. Each includes ...

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Storm-torn counties eligible for SBA assistance

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration has made a disaster declaration for Jones County and six contiguous counties of Covington, Forrest, Jasper, Perry, Smith and Wayne, which were affected by the severe storms and tornadoes Nov. 16. SBA has opened a disaster outreach loan center for residents in the eligible counties at the Jones County Emergency Operations Center ...

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Storm system leaves 15 injured in Mississippi

SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — Fifteen people have been injured in a storm system that swept through parts of Jones County Wednesday, causing damage to dozens of homes and buildings in an area north of Laurel. Only one person was taken to a hospital. No deaths have been reported. County emergency director Don McKinnon said the path of the damage was narrow ...

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April storms cost county more than $1M

OXFORD — The April 27 storms that slashed across Lafayette County have cost the county $1.4 million, according to county administrator Joseph Johnson. Johnson tells the Oxford Eagle that figure includes contractor work for debris removal. A tornado tore apart at least 18 homes in the Pine Flat community in Lafayette County, but no one was killed or seriously injured. ...

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Cochran: SURE not offering timely relief to farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Shortcomings in a federal agriculture disaster assistance program to advocate for reforms to ensure timely benefits for farmers who lose crops to flooding or other disasters, according to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). Cochran addressed problems with the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE) at a Senate Homeland Security Appropriations hearing that looked at federal programs for ...

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