Mississippi Flooding (DR-1983)
Incident period: May 3, 2011 to June 17, 2011
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 11, 2011
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
July 13, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- The losses following Mississippi's April's storms and tornadoes or May's flooding may be magnified for the elderly. Seniors previously living on their own may find they have to depend on others for food, shelter and the necessities of daily living. Those used to assisted living may face upheaval in their normal routines or a change in their usual caregivers. Add to that the stress of the disaster itself, and the elderly may be facing very difficult times.
July 12, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- Children can be particularly vulnerable to the stressful effects of a disaster. "Children may suffer from anxiety because of disaster losses and the upheaval of family life," said Ed LeGrand, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. "Most children bounce back quickly with social support and the aid of their families, but it is important to be aware of your child's reaction to stress and anxiety and to seek additional help if necessary," said LeGrand.
July 11, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- The initial trauma from Mississippi's two spring disasters -- April's storms and tornadoes and May's flooding -- has passed, but the psychological after-effects can linger. "Disasters touch everyone," said Ed LeGrand, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. "Grief, sadness, shock and anger are normal reactions to these abnormal events."
July 8, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- Monday, July 11, 2011, is the last day Mississippians affected by the flooding that occurred between May 3 and June 17 and who live in the 14 declared counties have to register for federal assistance. The designated counties are Adams, Bolivar, Claiborne, Coahoma, DeSoto, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jefferson, Sharkey, Tunica, Warren, Washington, Wilkinson and Yazoo.
July 8, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- Disaster survivors of this year's Mississippi River and backwater flooding who qualify for FEMA assistance may be required to purchase flood insurance on their property to protect them in future disasters. Flood insurance is available through insurance agents. It is underwritten by the National Flood Insurance Program and funded by FEMA. Flood coverage is not included in standard homeowner insurance policies. Call the NFIP at 800-638-6620 for names of local agents.
July 7, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- Federal and state 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 has reached $17,798,439.While many recovery efforts along the Mississippi River were slowed by the heavy flooding, state and federal disaster officials are responding as receding water allows access to flood-damaged areas.