The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is collecting damage assessments from 40 counties across the state that were hit last week by bad weather, including some impacted by the tornadoes and high winds that hit Saturday and those that continue to be affected by flooding from swollen rivers and heavy rains.
Leflore County reported 24 homes and four businesses damaged in the flooding. More than 8 inches of rain fell in four days last week, causing creeks and rivers to flow out of their banks and water to collect.
Lowndes County reported two tornadoes on Saturday — an EF-0 tornado that hit Artesia and an EF-3 tornado in Columbus. Both were confirmed by the National Weather Service in Jackson. The county reported nearly 900 customers without power, 19 people injured, 275 homes and 38 businesses damaged, and nine public buildings damaged.
Grenada County has serious damage from flooding with 69 homes and 13 businesses damaged, 40 roads and one bridge affected.
Of the flooded counties, Tallahatchie County reported 35 homes and 30 roads damaged. Sunflower County reported two homes and one farm property damaged. Holmes County reported two houses and four roads damaged.
Assessments are continuing in Carroll and Montgomery counties.
The Yazoo River crested Wednesday at 37.2 feet in Greenwood and is projected to remain at that level through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The river is below the record level of 40.1 feet. The projection of the crest and receding water includes impacts from rain and storms forecast for Greenwood on Thursday.
Besides the shelter opened at the volunteer fire department station in Glendora, Tallahatchie County is running a shelter in the National Guard Armory in Charleston. Lowndes County has opened a shelter in Columbus.
In addition to city, county and MEMA representatives coming to the aid of flood and storm victims, volunteer organizations answering the call include Mississippi Volunteers After a Disaster, The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Eight Days of Hope, United Methodist Committee on Relief, United Way, Volunteer Columbus, Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief, Convoy of Hope, Team Hope-Assemblies of God, Mississippi Response Network, and Catholic Charities.
MEMA has provided 70,000 sandbags across the state and more than 200 tarps to counties affected by tornadoes.
Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency on Monday, which frees up the use of state resources to aid in response and recovery. MEMA is encouraging anyone with damage to report it to their county’s director of emergency management.
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