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Biden approves state’s request for a disaster declaration following Feb. storms

President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in the...
President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.(Melina Mara/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
Updated: May. 4, 2021 at 1:22 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Tuesday, President Joe Biden approved Mississippi’s request for a disaster declaration in the wake of the winter storms that ripped across the state in February.

The decision will clear the way for tons of federal disaster aid funds to begin pouring into the state.

In April, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency submitted its request for a declaration to the president and estimated that at least $25 million in damage was caused as a result of the storms.

In all, inspections conducted by MEMA and FEMA showed that 31 counties and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians met the threshold to qualify for relief.

Counties eligible to receive assistance include:

  • Adams
  • Attala
  • Choctaw
  • Claiborne
  • Copiah
  • Covington
  • Franklin
  • Grenada
  • Hinds
  • Jasper
  • Jefferson
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Kemper
  • Lafayette
  • Lauderdale
  • Lawrence
  • Leake
  • Lincoln
  • Neshoba
  • Newton
  • Noxubee
  • Pike
  • Rankin
  • Scott
  • Simpson
  • Smith
  • Tallahatchie
  • Walthall
  • Warren
  • Winston
  • Yazoo.

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