Mississippi Sends Help to Florida

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The Mississippi National Guard and MEMA have sent four black hawk helicopters and crews to Florida to help with recovery efforts. The crews are on the 14-day mission as part of the National Emergency Management Assistance Compact that lets states share resources in the event of a disaster.

Entergy crews are still working to restore power to parts of south and east Mississippi. Going into Saturday, 27,409 customers were without power in the state. In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, about 145,000 Mississippians were without power.

Officials say it could be weeks before they know how large a blow Hurricane Ivan dealt the Mississippi economy. Casinos on the coast shut down at noon on Tuesday and reopened on Friday, but most of the 40,000 hotel rooms in the state filled up with evacuees.

Estimated casino losses are expected at the end of the month when returns are filed.