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Help for flood victims one step closer

FEMA & MEMA officials are spending the next two days canvassing Harrison County, documenting damage. (Photo source: WLOX) FEMA & MEMA officials are spending the next two days canvassing Harrison County, documenting damage. (Photo source: WLOX)
Harrison County emergency management officials estimate more than 300 homes and 30 businesses suffered some type of flood damage. (Photo source: WLOX) Harrison County emergency management officials estimate more than 300 homes and 30 businesses suffered some type of flood damage. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Help for the victims of the flash flooding in Harrison County on April 29 may be just around the corner. Officials from FEMA and MEMA are spending the next two days canvassing the county, documenting the damage left behind by the floods. 

Monday, one team visited an ice cream shop, an apartment, and a private home, all of which flooded. 

Two components will play a key role in deciding if federal disaster assistance is needed on the coast. First, did many of the victims not have flood insurance and therefore their losses are not covered? And secondly, is the damage great enough the county and local officials will not be able to pay for it with local money?

Harrison County emergency management officials estimate more than 300 homes and 30 businesses suffered some type of flood damage. A final decision on federal-aid could come within the next couple of weeks. If it is approved, a disaster assistance systems center will be set up by FEMA. 

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