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Toyota, workers donate to tornado relief efforts

Toyota and its Japanese employees have donated $330,000 to the tornado relief efforts to be evenly distributed between the disaster relief programs in Alabama and Mississippi. Steve St. Angelo, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc., said, “We are grateful to our colleagues in Japan for their generosity to the tornado relief efforts particularly during ...

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Study: Spring tornadoes different from 1974 outbreak

STARKVILLE — This spring’s rash of deadly tornadoes bears a striking resemblance to the Super Outbreak of 1974, but the summer weather that followed both of these La Nina springs is very different. Grady Dixon, an associate professor of geosciences at Mississippi State University, said this spring’s tornadoes were caused by a predictable weather pattern. “A strong low-pressure system moving ...

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TVA finally restores system after April storms

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority has placed the last two transmission lines, both from Widows Creek Fossil Plant in Alabama, back in service 74 days after sustaining unprecedented damage due to severe storms and tornadoes in April on its power transmission system. Rob Manning, TVA executive vice president for Power System Operations, said, “The crews have worked days, ...

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Supervisors can't cut debris-cleanup deal

HOUSTON — The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors has rejected 12 bids for debris removal from the April 27 tornado. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that supervisors agreed to continue clean up themselves while deciding their step. Supervisors had initially hoped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would be involved in the cleanup and defer the cost from the ...

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Renovated Harlow's reopens after storms, flood

GREENVILLE — Harlow’s Casino Resort & Hotel has completed renovations on its 105-room hotel and it is now open to provide a true relaxation destination. Complete room renovations were made to 53 rooms, including seven suites. Harlow’s was temporarily closed due to flooding along the Mississippi River basin, and a February wind storm caused the hotel’s closure. Source: Churchill Downs

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FEMA to reimburse county for debris cleanup

MONROE COUNTY — Monroe County may be the first tornado-ravaged county to settle up with FEMA for costs related to the April 27 storms. County administrator Sonny Clay tells WCBI-TV that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on debris cleanup in Smithville, Wren and other areas. All that’s left is some mop-up work by local crews. Clay ...

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SBA: Victims should watch for post-disaster scams

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is urging disaster victims seeking federal aid to be alert to scam artists posing as federal officials and to be cautious about any solicitations for fees to perform services that are available from federal agency staff for free. In the wake of widespread flooding, wildfires and tornados in many areas across the ...

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MEMA: Get approval before building safe rooms

PEARL — More than 3,700 residents in storm and tornado impacted counties have applied to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency’s “A Safe Place to Go” safe room reimbursement program since it opened June 2. Now, MEMA is reminding applicants that they must receive written authorization from MEMA before beginning construction of their safe room in order to qualify for reimbursement. ...

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Federal assistance to storm victims nears $12M

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Federal assistance approved for people in 29 Mississippi counties that were declared a major disaster area by the president because of devastating storms and tornadoes in late April has reached $11,667,808. Here is a summary through June 8, of all federal assistance to individuals who suffered losses due to the storms and tornadoes of April 2011: • ...

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Aid for tornado, flood victims tops $11M

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Federal assistance approved for people in 14 Mississippi counties that were declared a major disaster area by the president following the historic flooding of the Mississippi River and its tributaries now totals approximately $1.373 million and is expected to grow rapidly as flood waters recede, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). MEMA also announced more ...

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