JACKSON, Miss. (WHLT) — Gov. Phil Bryant is requesting for President Barack Obama to issue a disaster declaration for severe weather and flooding that struck the Magnolia state on March 9.
Gov. Bryant has asked the declaration cover Bolivar, Coahoma and Washington counties. Officials said if President Obama grants the request, more counties could be added after additional damage assessments.
“This March flooding event has been historic throughout the state, and most people will need federal assistance to help them rebuild and recover,” Gov. Bryant said. “These first three counties I’ve requested were among the hardest hit, and much of the water has receded. I am prepared to request other counties as the joint MEMA and FEMA damage assessment teams are able to access flooded areas.”
Initial damage estimates showed more than 650 homes sustained major damage.
More than more than 1,800 were affected by the storm. Several state agencies, along with numerous nonprofits and faith-based groups, have been assisting with recovery and rebuilding since the storms began.