Chickasaw County Storm Update

The official fatality count for Chickasaw County remains at three persons lost to the storms, including:

Cortez Townsend Isabell, 24

Betty L. Watkins, 56

Betty Walker Plant, 62

Two county stations remain at:

Buena Vista Fire Station – CR 406
Bethel Baptist Church – CR 416

These remain available for work crews, displaced residents or others who need food or other aid.

Initial home/property/business/churches/agricultural assessments have been completed at this time.

The Houston Ministerial Association has established a fund at Regions Bank to receive and disburse cash donations.

Collection points available for donations:
Houston Fire Department (bottled water, paper products only)
National Guard Armory – Houston
Houlka City Hall
Okolona City Hall
There are needs at individual properties for volunteer teams to help with clean-up and repair on private property. Those considering such a mission are encouraged to coordinate through the Chickasaw Emergency Management Volunteer Coordinator at 662-664-1690. All volunteers are requested to check in through Chickasaw EMA at the old jail just south of the Houston Fire Station.

Okolona Electric and Natchez Trace Electric Power Association report that all customers who can safely be restored now have power. Those placing debris at roadside need to observe a 10-foot clearance from beneath overhead lines.

Those clearing their properties are requested to move their storm debris to the side of the road for later pickup, and to please keep debris sorted into separate piles of limbs/brush, building debris, metals, and white goods such as stoves or refrigerators. This will greatly speed up the eventual collection as these items must be handled separately in their eventual disposal. Debris should be accessible from the road, as collection crews will not be able to freely enter private property to pick up debris.
Chickasaw County has approved three sites for disposal of hazardous household wastes (HHW). Residents are encouraged to bring HHW products to the disposal sites as soon as possible, as these sites will only be available for a couple of weeks.
Household Hazardous Wastes are products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients. Products such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.
Improper disposal of household hazardous wastes can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or mixing them in with normal household trash. The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health.
The following locations have been approved for HHW sites:

Woodland – Chickasaw County District 5 maintenance Shop, 112 Logan St.

Van Vleet – Chickasaw County Central operations Facility, 146 CR 412

Okolona – Old Chickasaw County District 3 Maintenance Shop, South Gatlin St.
Site hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Saturday. Again, residents are encouraged to bring HHW products to these sites as soon as possible for safe disposal.
Old tires may be delivered to the trailer behind Houston City Hall. For further information, contact the Chickasaw County Emergency Management office at (662) 448-1012 or email at ccema@dixie-net.com.
FEMA representatives are currently on the field and are making initial visits with affected residents of the county. One or more local Disaster Relief Centers will shortly be established in the county to enable victims to contact several agencies in one location. As soon as the locations are selected, further announcements will be made.

Those residents of Chickasaw County who had storm damage are requested to go ahead and file an initial report with FEMA by either:
Call 1-800-321-3362
www.fema.gov
www.disasterassistance.gov
This filing will be important as the recovery efforts progress.

Locally, those affected by the storm with immediate needs may contact Chickasaw EMA at 662.448.1012.

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