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Columbus homeowners determined to rebuild after tornado

It’s been seven months since an EF-3 tornado swept through the north side of Columbus damaging or destroying an estimated 300 homes and businesses. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency inspectors ruled 117 of those homes were in an “unlivable” state. For every new roof that dots the landscape, there are a half-dozen more homes that remain, battered and abandoned. The debris ...

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Limited disaster aid set for 8 Mississippi counties

President Donald Trump is issuing a federal disaster declaration authorizing aid to eight Mississippi counties following storms and flooding in April. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says Trump signed the declaration Thursday. Governments and certain nonprofit groups are eligible to be repaid for infrastructure damage, debris removal and overtime pay to emergency workers. The declaration applies to Clarke, Clay, Itawamba, ...

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Board taking applications for emergency food, shelter programs

GREENWOOD — The Emergency Food and Shelter Program of Leflore County has received $19,300 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that a local board is taking applications through Friday from nonprofit agencies in the county. Agencies must be eligible for federal money and have shown they can deliver emergency food, shelter or both. They must ...

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Report says Red Cross botched response to Issac, Sandy

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The American Red Cross mishandled its responses to Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and often seemed more focused on public relations than on helping storm victims, according to a report from investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica and NPR published yesterday, the second anniversary of Sandy. The report cites internal documents and interviews with current and former ...

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Louisville, Winston County leaders see opportunities after devastating tornado

LOUISVILLE — Six months after a devastating tornado, Winston County’s hospital is still operating out of tents and shipping containers, home rebuilding is sputtering along and it may be another year before a new plywood mill opens. Still, leaders in Louisville say they’re optimistic about rebounding from April 28’s devastating tornado, which killed 10 people in Winston County. They hope ...

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FEMA approves more than $43M for tornado recovery efforts

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), with Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), report approval for more than $43.5 million in federal grant awards linked to work to rebuild tornado-damaged Louisville and Winston County, including $34.5 million to support restoration of a plywood manufacturing plant. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) informed the lawmakers that four FEMA ...

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Community college getting federal funds to help county recover from tornado

DECATUR — The U.S. Labor Department is giving Mississippi’s East Central Community College $2.5 million to help Winston County recover from the April 28 tornado. The money will go to help improve worker training and support businesses in the area’s manufacturing sector. Several factories were damaged or destroyed by the storm. East Central, based in Decatur, will create the Winston ...

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Ag secretary's disaster declaration prompts SBA assistance

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration’s economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Alcorn, Benton, Marshall and Tippah counties as a result of flooding, and excessive rain on June 29 through July 9, 2014. “These counties are eligible ...

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Tupelo getting funding for removal of debris after devastating tornado

TUPELO — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), with Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), are supporting the distribution of $1.95 million in new funding to the city of Tupelo for tornado damage debris removal. The lawmakers announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding, which will support Tupelo’s ongoing recovery from a deadly April 28 tornado. The award, ...

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