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Warren County to get federal aid

Warren County has been added to the list of Mississippi counties to receive public disaster assistance from the 2019 Mississippi River flood, Warren County Emergency Management director John Elfer said.

Elfer told the Warren County Board of Supervisors Tuesday the county met the damage threshold to qualify for the aid, which will help pay for the costs of road repair, debris removal and other flood recovery work done by the county. He said the amount of aid has not been specified.

Eagle Lake and other communities in the Yazoo Backwater Area were affected by severe flooding in February that inundated roads and more than 500,000 acres of farmland.

Eagle Lake residents were forced to leave their homes in early March when water from the Yazoo Backwater Area began overtopping streets in the community and getting into homes.

The extreme flooding forced the Warren County Board of Supervisors to issue a mandatory evacuation of the community on March 8.

U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde Smith said Aug. 30 that $18.6 million in emergency relief was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation to the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair flood damage to federal-aid highways and roads.

 

 

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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