MEMA, area officials release updates on flooding response and recovery

MEMA, area officials release updates on flooding response and recovery

PEARL, MS (WLOX) - Following recent heavy rainfall and flooding throughout the state, the Mississippi State Emergency Operations Center has released storm reports from 40 counties.

Initial reports show that while nearly 1,600 homes were affected, more than 600 suffered major damage. MEMA distributed more than 360,000 sandbags, 17,280 bottles of water, 1,152 MREs and 150 tarps to counties.

Officials say 87 homes in Pearl River County were damaged, with 44 of them sustaining major damage, or being completely destroyed. A total of 43 homes had minor flood damage or other issues.

In Hancock County, officials are waiting for water to recede before they determine how many homes have been affected. Roughly 20 roads are currently impassible due to water, and Hwy. 604 is closed.

There are currently no homes flooded in Jackson County, but several are preparing for water as the Pascagoula River rises. The river at Graham's Ferry was at 17 feet on March 15, 18 feet 10 inches on March 16 and is projected to crest at 19 feet 5 inches; those the projection may increase.

Seven shelters opened throughout the state, and safe spaces for children in shelters is being provided by the Mississippi State Extension Service Early Years Network.

A total of seven roads in seven counties were affected, and some were closed. Officials say flood waters did not rise as predicted, and I-59 and I-10 are open. Crews will continue to monitor the Pearl River at I-10.

According to a press release, "FEMA individual assistance damage assessment teams will arrive in Mississippi Thursday morning. Joint preliminary damage assessments with FEMA, SBA, MEMA and local officials will begin Friday in Coahoma and Washington counties. Additional counties will be assessed as water recedes and areas become accessible. The results of the joint damage assessments will be used to determine what types of federal assistance may be available."

To view the initial report, which also contains shelter and volunteer information, click here.

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