JACKSON (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and the state’s congressional delegation are asking President Barack Obama for a federal disaster declaration for tornado-ravaged areas of the Magnolia State.
Bryant is requesting a federal disaster declaration for Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Rankin, Wayne, and Winston counties as well as hazard mitigation statewide.
Bryant’s request was submitted Tuesday while the congressional delegations letter was sent to the White House on Wednesday.
State emergency management director Robert Latham says his office and leaders from the Federal Emergency Management Agency would be out Wednesday assessing damage to support the disaster declaration request.
A dozen tornadoes struck central and north Mississippi on Monday. Twelve deaths have been reported.
Cleanup efforts are underway across the state.