Coast Cleanup

Storm Damage
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Officials at the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will continue collecting damage information Saturday from the coast counties hardest hit by Tropical Storm Isidore.

MEMA director Robert Latham says local, state and federal teams were assessing damage on the coast yesterday. Those damage numbers will roll in later.

Latham said he'll have a damage estimate on Gov. Ronnie Musgrove's desk by tomorrow morning, and that Musgrove will request a federal disaster declaration from President Bush later in the day.

In preliminary estimates, officials say some 4,400 homes were damaged in the coast counties.

FEMA director Joe Allbaugh told state officials that they were well prepared for the storm.

Latham sent MEMA representatives down to work in the coast counties' emergency operation centers in advance of Isidore hitting shore, something that didn't happen during 1998's Hurricane Georges.