FEMA, MEMA to help with storm recovery

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – For the second time in just over a year, federal and state emergency management officials met with Alcorn County supervisors to discuss how to obtain financial relief for damages suffered in storms.
Thursday’s meeting was a preliminary to assigning a project officer who will visit each supervisor district to inventory damages sustained April 27-29, said Harold Young of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Based on last year’s experience with May 1-2 storms and flooding that resulted in a similar federal disaster declaration, supervisors already had begun some of the preliminary information gathering.
Road damage from the heavy rainfall and some flooding along with tree limbs and debris strewn by high winds made up most of the damage in the county, and the crew member overtime, equipment use, barricading, blocking roads and other emergency measures fall into reimbursable expenses, said Young and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency staff member Richard Johnston.
Representatives from FEMA and MEMA are working across north Mississippi in counties declared federal disaster areas to help the many affected communities with recovery.
Public assistance projects – roads, bridges, etc. – totaling less than $63,900 fall into the small project category and would likely be reimbursed more quickly, while permanent work on large projects could take up to 18 months for reimbursements to be paid, Johnston said.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@journalinc.com.