Cottages available for victims of twisters

Published 12:29 pm Monday, May 10, 2010

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says it has cottages available for sale to survivors of last month’s deadly tornado who cannot afford to rebuild in eight counties designated as disaster areas, including Warren.

The tornado spawned by the April 24 severe weather killed 10 people in the state. In addition to Warren County, officials say the cottages are available to those living in Attala, Choctaw, Holmes, Monroe, Oktibbeha, Union and Yazoo.

The used cottages will be sold “as is.” Inspections will guarantee that all appliances work, but no warranty will be given on the cottage or appliances. The prices of the cottages will be based on the survivor’s income, but begin at $351 for one-bedroom units and $567 for two-bedroom units.

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To determine eligibility, a potential buyer must first register for assistance with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362.

The tornado that crossed the Mississippi River on April 24 after destroying homes and businesses in Madison Parish, hit Sea Island Drive at Eagle Lake in Warren County, destroying or damaging 30 full-time and weekend homes.