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Governor Bryant requests Federal Disaster Declaration

Flooding in Lyons, MS. (Photo source: WLBT) Flooding in Lyons, MS. (Photo source: WLBT)
JACKSON, MS (WLOX) -

Gov. Phil Bryant is asking President Obama to issue a major disaster declaration for areas in Mississippi hardest hit by recent flooding, specifically Bolivar, Coahoma and Washington counties. 

More counties may be added later, once damage assessments are completed by local officials, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. And only if President Obama grants the initial request.

"This March flooding event has been historic throughout the state, and most people will need federal assistance to help them rebuild and recover," Gov. Bryant said. "These first three counties I’ve requested were among the hardest hit, and much of the water has receded. I am prepared to request other counties as the joint MEMA and FEMA damage assessment teams are able to access flooded areas."

Initial damage estimates showed more than 650 homes sustained major damage; in total, more than 1,800 were affected. Several state agencies, along with numerous nonprofits and faith-based groups, have been assisting with recovery and rebuilding since the storms began.

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