Mississippi Flooding: 15 Disaster Recovery Centers Now Open In Mississippi

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Release Number: 1972/1983-002 - Mississippi Flooding

CLINTON, Miss. (MMD Newswire) May 16, 2011 -- State and federal Disaster Recovery Centers opened Saturday in Southhaven in DeSoto County and in Winona in Montgomery County, bringing the total number of centers to 15. The centers are open to help people whose homes or businesses were affected by recent river flooding, storms and tornadoes.

The Southhaven center is located at the DeSoto Tourists & Visitors Center, 4716 Pepper Chase Dr. The Winona center is in the Montgomery County Court House, 614 Summit Rd.

All centers are open seven days a week from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. with the exception of the center in Water Valley, which has shortened hours of 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Beginning Monday, hours will be 9 a.m.-7p.m., and centers will close Sundays. Additional recovery centers will open in other counties in the near future for survivors who suffered losses from storms, tornadoes and flooding.

Twenty-nine counties were designated for individual assistance from the storms, tornadoes and related flooding that occurred April 15-28. A second declaration was issued May 11 and provided for assistance to residents in 14 counties affected by the Mississippi River flooding. Three counties - Coahoma, DeSoto and Tunica -- were named in both declarations.

Counties currently designated for assistance to individuals are: Adams, Alcorn, Attala, Bolivar, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clarke, Claiborne, Clay, Coahoma, DeSoto,

Greene, Grenada, Hinds, Humphreys, Holmes, Issaquena, Jasper, Jefferson, Kemper, Lafayette, Leflore, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Newton, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Smith, Sunflower, Tishomingo, Tunica, Warren, Washington, Webster, Wilkinson, Winston and Yazoo. Residents who suffered flood- and storm-related losses may visit any center for assistance or register by phone or the internet. A locator for the centers can be found at www.fema.gov/drclocator

Emergency management experts from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will staff the centers to explain disaster assistance programs. Before visiting a center, people with storm-related losses should register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Help is available in most languages. Those with speech or hearing impairment can call (TTY) 800-462-7585.

Persons affected by the storms also can apply for federal assistance through a web-enabled mobile device or smartphone. Visit m.fema.gov and follow the link to apply online for federal assistance and other recovery help.

Disaster Recovery Centers providing assistance.

Alcorn County
Crossroads Arena
2800 Levee Rd.
Corinth, MS 38834

Hinds County
Golden Keys Community Cntr.
3450 Albemarle Rd.
Jackson, MS 39213

Lafayette County
Anchor Baptist Church
1009 Hwy. 7 South
Water Valley, MS 38965

Tunica County
Dundee Community Center
9140 Dundee Rd.
Dundee, MS 38626

Chickasaw County
Houston Civic Center
635 Starkville Rd.
Houston, MS 38851

Hinds County
Clinton Public Works Facilities
527 Spring Ridge Rd.
Clinton, MS 39056

Monroe County
Parham Community Center
60416 Hatley-Detroit Rd.
Amory, MS 38821

Greene County
Leakesville Community Center
1627 Center St.
Leakesville, MS 39451

Clay County
Pheba Voting Precinct
21523 Hwy. 50 West
Pheba, MS 39755

Jasper & Clarke Counties
Enterprise Townhall
500 S. River Rd.
Enterprise, MS 39330

Monroe County
Intersection of Hwy 23 & Hwy 25
Smithville, MS 38870

Kemper County
Kemper County Sherriff  Dept.
330 Stennis Industrial Rd.
DeKalb, MS 39328

Tunica County
Dundee Community Center
9140 Dundee Rd.
Dundee, MS 38626

Webster & Choctaw Counties
Mathiston Public Library
298 Scott St.
Mathiston, MS 39752

Montgomery County
Montgomery Co. Court House
614 Summit St.
Winona, MS 38671

Individual assistance for eligible homeowners and renters can include grants to help pay for rental housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs. Representatives are available to explain the full range of application options available including assistance for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses.

Low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration are available for eligible applicants to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance. Among the options are assistance for replacement of personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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