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Tornado cleanup kicks into high gear

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has developed three debris management guidance documents in response to this weekend’s storm events. MDEQ is providing information to local governments on selecting temporary emergency debris sites, the locations of existing solid waste sites, and dealing with asbestos. “As a native of Yazoo County, I understand clearly the challenges facing local ...

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Obama calls Barbour about tornado, oil spill

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — President Barack Obama is expressing his concern for the people of Mississippi after a deadly tornado struck the state over the weekend. Obama called Gov. Haley Barbour on yesterday to discuss the federal response to the storms. At least 10 people in rural Mississippi and two in Alabama died from the storms. Obama and Barbour also discussed ...

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Authorities, insurers respond in storm's aftermath

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division continues to respond to multiple tornado touchdowns across Mississippi and Alabama. Feeding, hydration and emotional and spiritual support are being provided to communities devastated by Saturday’s storms. The Salvation Army has mobile feeding units in Yazoo City and Attala County in Mississippi and Albertville and Fort Payne in Alabama. On ...

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MEMA releases latest storm damage assessment

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has released the latest figures from the from Saturday’s severe storms that killed 10 Mississippians. They are: • Attala — 35 homes damaged and seven injuries • Choctaw — 114 homes/mobile homes damaged, two businesses, 15 injuries • Holmes — 60 homes damaged and 25 injuries • Monroe — 48 homes/mobile ...

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Volcano costs airlines $1B-plus

PARIS — As airline losses from the volcanic ash cloud spiraled over $1 billion today, the industry demanded EU compensation and criticized European governments for relying too much on scientific theory — not fact — in their decisions to shut down airspace across the continent. Shares of some European airlines fell as flight disruptions from the volcanic cloud moved into ...

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Three counties report storm damage

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received damage reports from three counties for the severe weather system that moved through the state Jan. 20-21. The reports from the counties are as follows: • Copiah County — Three roads closed due to debris/flooding, reports of damaged homes and farm buildings. Affected area is southeast of Hazlehurst running northwest ...

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Wind Pool gets $19M transfer

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Wind Pool policyholders may soon find needed relief from rising premium costs with the transfer of $19 million from the Mississippi Insurance Department (MID) to the Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association, commonly referred to as the Wind Pool. The transfer of funds is in process, and should be completed by the first week of Jan. 2010. “The ...

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MEMA gives update on storm's devastation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has given an update on the deaths, injuries and damage caused by storms that rolled through the state Oct. 9. MEMA reports one person was killed, two injured and seven are displaced after a tornado ripped through mobile homes in the Wayside community of Washington County. Several other counties reported damage. ...

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