Governor Asks Bush for Disaster Relief


Gov. Ronnie Musgrove asked President Bush Tuesday for federal assistance for areas hit by tornadoes and flooding as the remnants of Tropical Storm Allison moved across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

In a letter to the president, Musgrove asked for a federal disaster declaration for George, Pearl River, Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties.

If approved, the declaration would make homeowners eligible for low-interest loans or grants. Officials with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, who surveyed the damage last week, estimate damages would exceed $6 million.

Remnants from the storm crossed into Mississippi June 13, spawning wide-spread flooding and at least three confirmed tornadoes.