(WJTV) — Recovery efforts are still underway in parts of Mississippi that were affected by historic rainfall and flooding last month.
According to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, neighboring counties are helping out Wilkinson County residents with debris removal through mutual aid.
“Every county in this state has needed assistance from another at one point, so it’s our duty to be there for one another, especially when other assistance may not be available,” said Harrison County Emergency Management Agency Director Rupert Lacy. “The old Civil Defense principals have carried over, and we are all happy to help out through the State Mutual Aid Compact”.
MEMA said the first $50,000 of a $250,000 grant from MEMA went to Wilkinson County to buy materials and supplies to repair flood-damaged homes this week. The work will be done by volunteer groups coordinated through the county’s newly formed non-profit Community Based Recovery Committee.
Mississippi wasn’t able to receive federal funds from FEMA after flooding because there was not enough damage to meet the federal standards to request a Presidential Declaration for Crosby. A Presidential Declaration allows federal funds to be made available to those affected by disasters.
Mississippi’s threshold for a Public Assistance declaration is $4.2 million in damage. The results of the joint MEMA-FEMA assessments revealed $1.38 million dollars in damage, making the state ineligible for assistance.
Below is a list of counties helping Wilkinson County residents:
- Harrison County:
- Public Works Department is assisting in the county and the town of Crosby, removing debris from the mucked out homes and the roadways.
- Sent debris removal equipment and personnel for four days to collect and remove debris, and transported that debris to a waste facility.
- Adams County:
- Public Works Department sent five large debris removal vehicles, along with personnel to operate the equipment.
- Franklin County:
- Public Works Department sent two large debris removal vehicles, along with personnel to operate the equipment.