SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The Red Cross is continuing assessments across Mississippi after flooding affected much of the state beginning last week.
As of noon Saturday, there are still a few areas of the state that remain inaccessible due to flooding, and Red Cross damage assessment teams are working to assess damage as the water recedes. Damage assessment in Calhoun, Sunflower, Washington and Webster counties is 99% complete. Assessment in in Stone County is 90% complete; in Harrison is 40% complete; in Pike is 30% complete, while Pearl River and Yazoo counties damage assessment is only 10% complete due to high waters preventing access to many areas.
As of Saturday afternoon, completed damage assessment indicates two homes destroyed, 123 residences with major damage, and 44 with minor damage.
More than 100 Red Cross staff and volunteers continue working daily to complete damage assessment and casework, working individually with residents impacted by the storms to provide food, supplies, financial and other assistance.
Beginning, May 10, storms rolled into Mississippi resulting in a tornado in Pike County and reports of flash flooding. On May 11, a line of storms, saturated soils from previous storms in April, and overflowing water basins combined to produce flooding across the state. Several major roads were closed and a train derailed in Pearl River County due to flash floods.
In response to these storms, county emergency managers opened and Red Cross staffed four shelters, the last of which in Stone County closed May 17.
At least 14 Mississippi counties have varying amounts of damage, including Amite, Calhoun, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Lauderdale, Pearl River, Pike, Stone, Sunflower, Washington, Webster, Wilkinson and Yazoo. The four most impacted counties are Pearl River, Pike, Stone and Washington. Some roads remain closed and boil water notices are still in effect in portions of Hinds, Jefferson and Wilkinson counties.
Mississippi has experienced 83 tornadoes during the first four months of this year, four times the average for this time of year.
Anyone needing assistance from these storms who has not already been contacted can call 1-800-REDCROSS, and they will be referred to our disaster response team for follow-up.