Lafayette County officials seek federal help with debris

OXFORD – Lafayette County officials should know within days whether the county will qualify for federal help that will pay for 90 percent of debris-removal costs due to tornadoes and straight-line winds that hit in late April.
“FEMA will take on the burden of debris removal” if the county is deemed eligible, Shay Phillips told supervisors Tuesday. “FEMA will assign the Corps of Engineers to do this work.” Phillips is FEMA’s debris removal leader in Mississippi.
While such news would be welcome to many residents, landowner Keith Hayward expressed concern that thousands of trees to be pulled from a creek will be windrowed on adjoining land, which would block drainage into the creek.
“It’s not just our farm that’s going to erode,” Hayward said. “We’ve got thousands of acres of farmland that’s going to flood the next time we have a four-inch rain.”

NEMS Daily Journal

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