Thursday, May 13, 2010
MEMA announces latest damage reports
Although the death toll remains at six, new reports show that the number of destroyed and damaged homes continues to rise due to the devastating May 1 storm systems that caused major flooding and produced two tornadoes in North Mississippi.
Nearly 250 residences were destroyed or have major damage and 482 homes received minor damage. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency personnel and the Mobile Operations Command Center have been in the affected counties since the storm hit. MEMA also distributed tarps and water to assist victims.
Marshall County and adjoining counties are reporting the following damages to the State Emergency Operations Center in Pearl:
• Benton: Two deaths; four injuries; 11 homes and 13 mobile homes destroyed; seven homes and three mobile homes with major damage; 56 homes and 23 mobile homes with minor damage; 10 injuries; 20 roads with major damage; 40 roads with minor damage; one bridge with major damage; 75 people displaced.
• Lafayette: One death; two homes/ mobile homes destroyed; two homes with major damage and 40 homes with minor damage; shelters are closed, but monitoring needs of victims; clean-up efforts continue.
• Marshall: Twenty-one homes/mobile homes with minor damage; eight roads with major damage; 17 roads with minor damage.
• Union: One death; 14 homes and six mobile homes with minor damage; 15 businesses with minor damage; 28 roads with major damage; one bridge with major damage; one public owned building with minor damage.
For more information, contact the State Emergency Joint Information Center at 866-920-MEMA (6362), or online at www.msema.org.
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