The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received initial reports of damages from 10 counties from severe weather that moved through the state last night and early this morning. County Emergency Mangers are conducting more detailed damage assessments now that the storms have passed and it is daylight.
Damage reports by county are as follows:
Bolivar: Several homes and mobile homes damaged, several commercial buildings damaged, several roads closed and power outages reported.
Coahoma: Damage to homes and one minor injury.
Desoto: At least one home and one church damaged.
Grenada: Damage to homes and roads closed.
Leake: Several homes damaged, roads closed and power outages reported.
Neshoba: Several homes damaged and trees and power lines down.
Scott: Several homes damaged and one injury.
Tallahatchie: Damage to homes, several minor injuries and power outages reported.
Union: Several homes damaged and roads closed.
Yazoo: At least one home damaged, more than a dozen roads closed and power outages reported.
MEMA reminds everyone that it is important to make sure that debris is clear of downed power lines before cleanup begins. Downed wires should always be considered as energized, and you should wait for electrical crews to remove the hazard before cleanup begins. It is recommended that you stay at least 10 feet away from any downed wires.
If your home has received damage, report it to your county Emergency Management Agency. A full list of contact numbers can be found on MEMA’s website at www.msema.org and click on “Local EMA” at the top of the page.
Every Mississippi family should have an emergency plan and disaster kit ready for the next round of severe weather as well as a NOAA weather radio to alert them of approaching storms. To learn more about how to develop an emergency plan and what supplies should go in your disaster kit, please visit our website at www.msema.org.
The public is encouraged to follow MEMA on Twitter and Facebook for updates. MEMA will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.