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MDES: Unemployment Insurance available to storm victims

JACKSON — Anyone temporarily or permanently unemployed as a result of this week’s storms may apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits on the Mississippi Department of Employment Security’s website at mdes.ms.gov. Each claim will be verified using regular processes to determine individual eligibility. All WIN Job Centers are open and computers are available for individuals to use for filing UI claims ...

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Louisville tornado believed to be EF4; state's death toll grows to nine

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit the Louisville area last night has a preliminary rating of EF-4. Mike Edmonston, senior meteorologist at National Weather Service in Jackson, confirmed the rating today. An EF-4 rating means the tornado packed wind speeds of 170 to 190 mph. Reports are pending on the tornado that struck the ...

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Atmos issues warning about natural gas leaks

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Atmos Energy is asking emergency crews, customers and volunteers involved in tornado cleanup efforts in Mississippi to beware of potential natural gas leaks caused by the storms. David Gates, president of Atmos Energy Mississippi division, says in a news release that the company is assessing damage from Monday’s storms. Gates says residents should be careful in moving ...

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Storm system claims lives, leaves communities in shambles

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to receive reports of numerous counties affected by severe weather and possible tornadoes. The Associated Press is reporting seven fatalities in Mississippi from 12 tornadoes. The counties reporting damages are as follows: DeSoto:  Road closures due to flash flooding.  Itawamba:  Minor injuries.  Some roads inaccessible due to downed trees.  Several homes ...

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Tornado-torn town to dedicate new government facility

SMITHVILLE — The town of Smithville is dedicating its new government complex, the last municipal building to be rebuilt after a 2011 deadly tornado. The Monroe Journal reports the event will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today with a speech by Mississippi first lady Deborah Bryant. Tours will follow. Officials broke ground for the building on Mississippi Highway ...

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Storm victims offered assistance from SBA; center opens

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Residents and businesses affected by severe weather and flooding on April 7–10 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced. On April 15, Gov. Phil Bryant requested a disaster declaration by the SBA. The declaration covers Covington County, and the adjacent counties of Forrest, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, ...

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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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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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Deadline approaches for aid to victims of last year's flooding

ALCORN COUNTY and TISHOMINGO COUNTY — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that April 28 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans. These loans are available in Alcorn and Tishomingo counties in Mississippi as a result of excessive ...

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