Mississippi Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1753)
Incident period: March 20, 2008 to May 19, 2008
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 8, 2008
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
May 30, 2008
CLINTON, Miss. -- With damaged homes, many flood victims in Bolivar, Warren, Washington and Wilkinson counties are urgently seeking contractors to make repairs or rebuild. But the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency caution residents to watch for potential scams during the recovery process. Here are some tips recommended by the Mississippi Attorney General's Office to guard against con artists or unscrupulous workers:
May 29, 2008
CLINTON, Miss. -- With sizable disaster assistance checks being distributed to storm victims in Bolivar, Warren, Washington and Wilkinson Counties, state and federal emergency officials are urging recipients to handle the money carefully and spend it only for disaster-related losses. "This is a time when people are particularly vulnerable, and predators are quick to take advantage of them," said MEMA Director Mike Womack. "Caution is the operative word."
May 26, 2008
CLINTON, Miss. ? Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation specialists will be available to help people learn more about rebuilding stronger and safer homes Tuesday through Saturday (May 27-31) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at four area home improvement stores. Specialists will offer suggestions on how to deal with mold and mildew, select a contractor and apply for financial assistance. They will also have information on how to protect homes from future flooding and the National Flood Insurance Program.
May 24, 2008
CLINTON, Miss. -- More than $1 million in disaster aid has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through May 22 for 172 applicants in Bolivar, Warren, Washington and Wilkinson Counties as a result of the severe storms and flooding which began March 20. Of that amount, $873,410 was approved for housing assistance and $133,031 for other disaster-related needs. As of May 22, rental assistance has been approved for 124 applicants.
May 23, 2008
CLINTON, Miss. -- Renters and primary residential homeowners in eligible counties ? Bolivar, Washington, Warren and Wilkinson ? who are unable to return to their undamaged dwellings because their homes are inaccessible due to flooding or other disaster-related problems may apply for up to two months housing assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Assistance is based on fair market value rates for rentals in the area.
May 22, 2008
CLINTON, Miss. -- Inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are contacting hundreds of disaster applicants whose homes sustained damage from flooding beginning March 20. To date, inspectors have completed nearly 240 inspections. The U. S. Small Business Administration and various insurance companies also have inspectors in the field.