Bryant calls special session for storm damage victims

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Governor Phil Bryant is calling lawmakers back to Jackson Thursday to provide MEMA with access to 20 million dollars for disaster response and recovery costs.  This comes on the heels of Jones County being added to the government's individual assistance program.

Officials said the initial estimates from last week's tornadoes could exceed 13 million dollars.  MEMA officials said the state is responsible for 20 million dollars in costs for work that is still to be completed on 13 other disasters.

In the case of disasters, the federal government covers 75% of the costs while state and local governments share the other 25%.