State Releases Preliminary Damage Assessment

The following counties are reporting damages to MEMA as a result of heavy rains and high winds:

Jasper County: One death due to a car wreck during the storm

Kemper County: Four homes destroyed

Lauderdale County: Three homes with major damage and one mobile home with minor damage

Neshoba County: One home with minor damage

Newton County: One home with minor damage

Jackson County: 30 homes with minor damage, 15 mobile homes with minor damage, and five businesses with minor damage.

On Monday there was one shelter open, at the First Christian Church in Tupelo. MEMA said it continues to work with the Department of Human Services and the voluntary organizations to meet the immediate needs of people displaced by the storm.

According to the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, there were over 24,000 reported power outages at the peak of the storm in Mississippi. All power was expected to be restored by late evening Monday.

Initial damage assessments began Monday and will determine if any additional federal assistance will be needed.

MEMA and FEMA will talk with local officials to determine the actual costs associated with emergency protective measures. Those costs include deployment of the National Guard, purchasing of water, ice and food to be available if needed immediately following landfall, and the costs of sheltering evacuees. Expenses for debris removal would be included.

The following counties are eligible for the emergency protective measures assistance:
Attala, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Itawamba, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lamar, Lauderdale, Leake, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Monroe, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Perry, Pontotoc, Rankin, Scott, Smith, Stone, Wayne, Webster and Winston.