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.
Here is a summary through Wednesday, July 6, of all state and federal assistance to individuals in counties affected by the flooding that began May 3, and continues.
- $10,136,839 in total housing and personal needs has been approved.
- Of that amount, $9,559,780 has been approved for housing expenses, including temporary rental assistance, home repair costs and assistance toward replacing destroyed homes.
- $577,059 has been approved as "Other Needs Assistance" to cover essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions.
- $7,661,600 in loans to homeowners, renters or business owners has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- 3,745 applicants have registered with FEMA for some form of disaster assistance.
- 2657 visits have been made at Disaster Recovery Centers operated jointly by FEMA and the state of Mississippi.
- 2,854 home inspections to confirm disaster damage have been completed.
- Teams of state and FEMA Community Relations field specialists have distributed more than 33,502 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:
- 9,522 residents
- 2,098 businesses
- 879 faith-based groups
- 303 community organizations
- 57 schools
- 514 emergency managers, fire and law enforcement officials
- 380 government officials
- 121 post offices
Amounts approved under FEMA's Individuals and Households Program for counties affected by the May-June 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...