PRC flood victim feel pinch from MEMA budget cuts

PRC flood victim feel pinch from MEMA budget cuts

PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Pearl River County residents still recovering from recent flood waters say they are feeling the pitch from state budget cuts imposed on the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

The sounds of a heavy down-pour of rain stirs up Linda Tannehill's  emotions.

"I get very anxious. I know it's just a matter of time, there is a limited amount of time to get everything protected and secured," said Linda Tannehill.

Tannehill knows the sound of raindrops could lead to the nearby Pearl River rising, and her shifting into flood preparation mode.

But like like the rising river, she says so should MEMA's budget. Tannehill was shocked to hear the that the state's emergency management agency is operating with a 48 percent budget cut compared to 2006, the year after Hurricane Katrina.

"It don't need to be cut, it needs to be increased because of the help they are giving and the amount of help," added Tannehill.

Tannehill says the cuts might explain why it took a MEMA and FEMA damage assessment crews almost two weeks to get to her area, and why there hasn't been as many MEMA boosts on the ground for the flood disaster, adding, "Not nearly as much people like they had during Katrina."

Jackie Kellar, says he and his brother are still waiting on financial help to replace the floors and insulation that was  soaked underneath their mobile home.

"That's because they waste the money and they don't spend it where it needs to be spent they spend it on different countries and there aid they have no trouble with that but when it comes to the common folks around here who pays the taxes it's like pulling teeth," said flood victim Jackie Kellar.

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