Mississippi Still Waiting For Disaster Declaration

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Officials in Mississippi are assessing costs associated with Hurricane Gustav in hopes of securing reimbursement from the federal government. Gov. Haley Barbour has asked for a federal disaster declaration. That would allow the state to secure funding to pay such costs as overtime incurred by state employees and for cleaning up debris.

President Bush has already issued such a declaration for Louisiana, but the extent of damage there was more obvious. Jeff Rent, a spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, says the federal government wants "hard numbers" for Mississippi. Gustav blew ashore Monday in Louisiana, but still flooded homes in Mississippi.

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