Tupelo, MS -- Federal and state inspectors were dispatched into South Mississippi counties today to make preliminary assessments of damages resulting from severe storms, which lashed the area today.
Leon Shaifer, state-coordinating officer for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), requested "immediate" joint damage assessment inspections with teams from MEMA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Following his request to FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer John D. Hannah, teams were sent to the following counties where today's storms cut a damaging swath from west to east in the following counties:
Lincoln, Walthall, Marion, Lamar, Forrest, Jones, Pike, Pearl River, Perry, Harrison and Hancock.
Shaifer said his office has received reports of damage from tornadoes, damaging winds and flooding in those counties. Damage reports also were received from three other outlying counties. The teams will assess both public and individual needs resulting from the storms.
Shaifer also asked that the incident period for the current disaster effort, which commenced following Feb. 16 and Feb. 24 severe storms and tornadoes, remain open pending the outcome of the new assessments.