Red Cross releases damage assessment numbers for Mississippi

Red Cross releases damage assessment numbers for Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - After devastating weather plagued Mississippi as well as across the South this weekend, Red Cross workers have been swamped Monday morning responding to the aftermath.

According to the news release, this is the third consecutive year that tornadoes have hit areas in Mississippi over the holidays.

According to a Red Cross news release, damage assessment teams have visited nine counties and assessed damage.

The preliminary damage assessment numbers are as follows:

  • Destroyed homes: 113
  • Major damage: 45
  • Minor damage: 63
  • Affected: 47

TOTAL: 268 homes

Red Cross assessment teams are not done and are still in impacted areas and conducting surveys in those areas, according to the news release.

As of Sunday night, workers have opened three shelters with more than 180 shelter registrants, provided more than 2,400 meals and snacks, provided 280 bulk supplies and provided nearly 50 health services and mental health consultations.

Red Cross deployed more than 80 volunteers, with 11 of these from South Mississippi.

According to Red Cross, severe weather continues in some areas Monday as a cold front moves into the area.  More flooding is anticipated in several areas throughout the state.

North Mississippi was also greatly impacted by the storms and Red Cross volunteers provided significant aid to those in need, according to the news release. Red Cross workers also provided aid to other states affected by severe weather including Texas, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, California, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Kansas, Alabama and Missouri.

If you or any coworkers, family or loved ones have been affected by these recent disasters, they can contact the 24 -hour disaster assistance line at 855.981.7325.