President Issues Disaster Declaration

Gov. Haley Barbour says residents and business owners can access federal emergency assistance programs after President Obama issued a federal disaster declaration for five Mississippi counties.

The disaster declaration qualifies the following counties for federal assistance: Attala, Choctaw, Holmes, Warren, and Yazoo.

Preliminary assessments show more than 700 homes were damaged by last weekend's deadly tornadoes.

Ten people were killed in Mississippi and two in Alabama during storms April 24.

A total of 390 homes were destroyed or sustained major damage and 341 had minor damage.

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