Feds: Mississippi city should repay tornado recovery grant

File Photo from 2014 Tornado damage in Winston County (WJTV)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The federal government says the city of Louisville, Mississippi, should repay a $25.4 million grant awarded for recovery from a 2014 tornado.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering says he is working with local officials to try to minimize the amount of money that must be sent back.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General says the city did not follow federal procurement standards in awarding 12 contracts totaling $23.9 million.

The office also says the Federal Emergency Management Agency paid $1.5 million to the city that duplicated other benefits.

The April 2014 tornado was on the ground 34 miles with wind speeds of up to 185 mph. It killed 10 people in Louisville, a city of about 6,300 residents in the center of the state.

 

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