Forrest County identifies $850,000 in flood damage

Forrest County identifies $850,000 in flood damage

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Forrest County Emergency Management District released new information regarding hundreds of thousands of dollars possibly coming to the county following the recent flash flooding devastation.

“So far, we have identified about $850,000 worth of damage. Once FEMA gets in here, that number could definitely go up,” said Forrest County Emergency Management Executive Director Glen Moore.

Moore said residents experienced about 12 hours of flash flooding in late December, then rivers and creeks began to rise.

“Our assessment showed we had 30 residents with major damage, 62 with minor and 64 that were affected,” Moore said.

Right now, Moore’s team is waiting for the governor to send the Public Assistance Federal Declaration to FEMA, which will then be sent to President Donald Trump. If approved, Moore explained how the money will help the county.

“Your roads, your bridges, the overtime that was spent for protective measures for the storm. The governor will ask for that declaration," Moore said. "The county and the state have both met their threshold, so we should be receiving a federal declaration for public assistance.”

The Small Business Administration has granted a declaration for Forrest County residents. That agency is expected to be on the ground in Forrest County next week where it will set up a disaster loan operations center.

Residents affected will be able to sit down with the SBA team and go through a possible loan application process. This service is for people who suffered major damage to their business, home or rental property and are now facing a large expense to make repairs.

Moore said a press conference will be held as soon as his team finds out when the SBA will be in town. Specific locations and times will be announced to residents at that point.

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