Federal Disaster Declaration requested for storm affected counties

PEARL, MS (WDAM) - Governor Haley Barbour has requested a Federal Disaster Declaration from President Barrack Obama Greene for the four counties affected by the storm that swept  through the state April 14.

Three of the counties, Greene, Hinds, and Kemper, were devastated by tornados. Several homes in Clay County were damaged by flood waters.

The declaration is the result of the completion of a Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment conducted by FEMA, MEMA, and local county emergency management personnel.

In Greene County nearly 100 homes were either destroyed or received major or minor damage. Hinds County over 250 homes destroyed or damaged, and Kemper County had 65 homes destroyed or damaged.

MEMA Director Mike Womack said damage results are not the only factors when it comes to deciding to grant the request for a federal declaration.

"FEMA and the president are also looking at whether or not residents impacted by the storms had insurance or enough insurance to cover the damages," said Womack.

MEMA continues to work with local governments to determine the costs of debris removal, damage to public infrastructure, and overtime for personnel who responded to the storm.

They would also like to remind residents of the importance of reporting all storm damage to their local emergency management office.

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