Trump declares disaster for 10 counties, including Sunflower, related to January storms

Gov. Tate Reeves announced today that President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency in several Mississippi counties, including Sunflower County, in response to the Jan. 10-11 severe weather system that affected the area.

Trump has declared a major disaster exists in the state and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts, a release from the governor’s office said on Friday.

“President Trump has been a tremendous partner for Mississippi. We are truly grateful for his support of our ongoing recovery efforts for our local communities devastated by those January storms. Having a strong relationship with the President and his Administration means we can help our people when disaster strikes,” said Reeves in a statement Friday.

It was confirmed in January that two EF2 tornadoes touched down in Sunflower County on the morning of Jan. 11.

The system also had powerful straight-line winds with it that caused many power poles to be snapped, cutting electricity to much of the northern part of the county for several days.

A few structures around the Drew area were destroyed, including two mobile homes, and several other structures received heavy damage.

Other counties that will receive federal funding are Bolivar, Choctaw, Clay, DeSoto, Oktibbeha, Panola, Prentiss, Tishomingo and Washington. 

Those ten counties are eligible for Public Assistance, which is reimbursement grants to local governments and non-profit organizations for things like damage to infrastructure, debris removal, and overtime to responders, the release said.

Mississippi did not surpass the criteria required for Individual Assistance, which is federal assistance to individuals and households.

“More counties could be added to the declaration at a later date,” said MEMA Executive Director Greg Michel.

However, those counties can only be requested for addition if warranted by the results of the counties damage assessments, the release said.

Mississippi is also approved statewide for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which is for measures/actions taken that reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards.

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