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Mississippi seeks federal disaster aid after winter storms

April 14, 2021 GMT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is asking President Joe Biden to approve a major disaster declaration to help local governments and nonprofit groups recover costs from responding to winter storms that brought large parts of the state to a standstill.

Gov. Tate Reeves’ office announced Wednesday that 31 counties and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians estimated a total of about $25 million in damage from storms that occurred Feb. 11-19.

The counties included in the request for public assistance are: Adams, Attala, Choctaw, Claiborne, Copiah, Covington, Franklin, Grenada, Hinds, Jasper, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Kemper, Lafayette, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Leake, Lincoln, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Pike, Rankin, Scott, Simpson, Smith, Tallahatchie, Walthall, Warren, Winston and Yazoo.

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The governor’s office said more counties could be added to the declaration request if they meet a threshold in damage assessments.

The federal public assistance program provides money for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures and restoration of public infrastructure.