FEMA assessment in Forrest County

FEMA assessment in Forrest County

FORREST COUNTY (WDAM) - On Tuesday, officials from FEMA assessed flood damage in Forrest County.

Cheria Brown with Media Relations said this is FEMA's third stop in Mississippi.

So far, FEMA has been to Washington County, Cahoma County and now in Hattiesburg

This morning FEMA, MEMA, the EOC and the Small Business Administration assessed damage in areas of Hattiesburg like Rawl Springs, Petal and Camp Dantzler.

"This is for the people who have been affected, they want FEMA to be here they want FEMA to be here doing the assessment, so it's good," EOC Director Glen Moore said. "We are glad to see them here."

Moore said this is the first step toward getting disaster relief from the government but it is still too early on in the process. The team needs to survey over 160 structures and MEMA will prepare a report for the governor.

"Once the assessments are completed a determination will be made and that will give information for the governor to determine if he can make an initial request to the president," Brown said.

The group visited houses that were flooded and also small businesses that were affected like Halls Alignment Services. However, owner Thomas Hall said he plans on taking finances into his own hands.

"I've enlisted FEMA in the past and it fell on deaf ears and slow response so we just take care of it ourselves," said Hall.

On Wednesday, the survey process will continue, and Moore said homeowners should not be worried if they are not at their homes during the assessment.