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Tornado clean-up nearly complete

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Three months after a monster tornado plowed nearly 150 miles through Mississippi, survivors are rebuilding homes and businesses, and officials say most of the debris has been cleared. In one of the hardest hit areas of Yazoo City, many businesses damaged in the April 24 storm were repaired and reopened. Contractors installed new power lines this past ...

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Disaster assistance extended to more counties

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security has amended its declaration for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) to include individuals in Monroe, Union and Oktibbeha counties along with individuals in Attala, Choctaw, Holmes, Warren and Yazoo counties. Individuals who were unable to work because of severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began April 23 may apply for DUA. People ...

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Amazingly enough, It could have been worse

  Ardis Russell sat in his office on Main Street in Yazoo City last Monday afternoon and drew a map for a visitor that traced the path the massive tornado took on April 24. Approaching from the west, having just flattened Eagle Lake in Warren County, the massive twister that killed a total of 10 people in three counties and ...

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Federation supporting storm-tossed farmers

JACKSON — The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation is looking to help farmers affected by last weekend’s tornado. The Federation established a 501(c) foundation for the purpose of assisting to restore agriculture producers who were disaster victims during the Katrina years. This foundation is still active and is soliciting funds from those people who want to help producers who have had ...

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Obama declares disaster in tornado-torn counties

CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI — President Barack Obama has issued a federal disaster declaration for five Mississippi counties that bore the brunt of the deadly tornado last weekend. Residents and business owners in Attala, Choctaw, Holmes, Warren and Yazoo counties can now access federal emergency assistance programs. “I appreciate the decision by President Obama to declare these counties that suffered tremendous damage ...

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Barbour announces Disaster Recovery Fund

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour today announced the creation of the Mississippi Disaster Recovery Fund Inc., a nonprofit that will coordinate donations to aid residents recovering from the April 24 storms. “The path of destruction left by these tornadoes is one of the worst I have seen,” Barbour said. “We have families who need help rebuilding their homes and their ...

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Disaster area grows from record tornado

Gov. Haley Barbour yesterday added Governor Haley Barbour added Mississippi counties with heavy damage from the weekend’s deadly tornado to his request for a federal disaster declaration. Barbour added Attala, Holmes and Warren counties to the disaster area, bringing the total number of affected counties to five. The two counties covered in Barbour’s previous declaration were Yazoo and Choctaw. Barbour is ...

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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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