CLINTON, Miss. -- 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 has reached $4,732,321.
While many recovery efforts along the Mississippi River are held back by the heavy flooding, state and federal disaster officials are responding as receding water allows access to flood-damaged areas.
Here is a summary through Wednesday, June 8, of all federal assistance to individuals in counties affected by the flooding that began May 3, and continues.
- $4,533,021 in total housing and personal needs has been approved.
- Of that amount, $4,332,972 has been approved for housing expenses, including temporary rental assistance, home repair costs and assistance toward replacing destroyed homes.
- $200,048 has been approved as "Other Needs Assistance" to cover essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions.
- $199,300 in home loan applications have been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- 3,386 applicants have registered with FEMA for some form of disaster assistance.
- 1,432 visits have been made at Disaster Recovery Centers operated jointly by FEMA and the state of Mississippi.
- 2,079 home inspections to confirm disaster damage have been completed.
- Teams of state and FEMA Community Relations field specialists have distributed more than 25,487 flyers and worked in the affected counties to help identify and assist disaster survivors. In the course of explaining the recovery process, the teams have visited:
- 6,121 residents
- 1,795 businesses
- 644 faith-based groups
- 158 community organizations
- 50 schools
- 380 emergency managers, fire and law enforcement officials
- 277 government officials
- 100 post offices
Amounts approved under FEMA's Individuals and Households Program for counties affected by the May 2011 flooding of the Mississippi River and its tributaries:
Several forms of federal assistance may be available, but people must first register with FEMA. That can be done by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. Telephone registration is available between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m....