Officials tally Pine Belt tornado damage

Emergency management officials met this weekend with federal agencies in hopes of getting assistance for victims of last week's tornadoes.

Officials in Greene and Walthall counties say they toured storm-ravaged areas with representatives from the Small Business Administration.

That agency could authorize low-interest loans for storm victims.

FEMA officials are toured tornado-damaged areas in the Dexter and Improve communities in Walthall County.

Jones and Lamar County officials are set to meet with the SBA.

"(A) presidential declaration requires about 100 homes to have major damage or destroyed...we have 23, so we're under the threshold for a federal declaration," said James Smith, Director of Emergency Management for Lamar County.

"So the next step down is the Small Business Administration and we're going to get what we can get out of it, for the people," Smith said.

Meanwhile, here's a final look at the number of homes damaged and injuries reported following last week's storms.:

  • Lamar County reports 23 homes affected with 18 suffering major damage.  Seven people were also injured.
  • In Jones County, 25 homes were hit by the storm, with five receiving major damage.  There were no reports of injury.
  • Greene County officials say five homes were damaged... three of those were major... and one church received major damage.  Only one minor injury was reported in that county.
  • And Walthall County says the storm affected 18 homes; 15 of those had major damage.  One person in that county was injured.