State leaders seek federal disaster declaration

other_state_newsJACKSON (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.

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  • charlie

    I suspect that the President will honor the Mississippi delegation’s request because it is the right thing to do. However, if he is a tenth as bad as the repubs have said that he was for the last five years, he would tell them to call Mitt and see if he would loan them some money at a decent interest rate.