Deadline Monday for residents to file for FEMA flood assistance

Published 12:01 am Saturday, July 9, 2011

A Monday deadline approaches for those affected by the historic Mississippi River Flood of 2011 to register for financial assistance, though most claims filed so far have been in Warren County.

Through Thursday, 900 applications for individual and household assistance have been filed and more than $2 million had been paid out locally, according to a release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In Yazoo County, 423 claims have translated into more than $1 million in aid.

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In Tunica County, where the economy was hit hard by casino closures and a 31 percent unemployment rate in May, more than $4.1 million has been paid out to 414 claimants.

A disaster recovery center at 2127 Washington St. and a center in the Tunica County’s Dundee community will close at 7 p.m. Thursday. A center in Cleveland will close Tuesday, and one in Woodville, Wednesday.

Registrants with FEMA may call the agency’s help line, 800-621-3362, to learn the status of their request, update their contact information, respond to requests for information or ask questions about the application process.

No new requests related to the April tornadoes and storms will be processed because the deadline has passed, the agency said.