Updated Statewide Damage Reports to MEMA

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received additional damage reports from 40 counties due to severe storms and tornadoes on February 23rd, along with flooding that started on February 19th and is currently ongoing throughout the state.

These damage reports serve only as initial assessments from the county emergency management offices and will change (either higher or lower) as additional reports and assessments are sent to MEMA.

So far, close to 600 residences, over 400 roads and bridges and 50 businesses are affected statewide. 

Initial damage reports by county (assessments ongoing):

Alcorn: Assessments ongoing, EF-0 and EF-1 tornado confirmed by National Weather Service – Memphis.

Bolivar: Assessments ongoing/delayed due to flood levels.

Calhoun: 54 homes, two businesses and 30 roads damaged.

Carroll: Assessments ongoing

Chickasaw: One home, one business and 38 roads damaged; four bridges damaged

Clarke: Two homes damaged, three businesses and two roads damaged.

Clay: 72 homes, 12 roads and five bridges damaged

Coahoma: Two homes, two businesses and 11 roads damaged.

Grenada: 118 homes and 22 businesses damaged. 13 roads and one bridge damaged.

Holmes: Assessments ongoing

Humphreys: Assessments ongoing

Issaquena: One home and five roads damaged.

Itawamba: 50 roads damaged.

Lafayette: Seven homes, three business, and three roads damaged

Lee: 60 homes damaged; some roads inaccessible.

Lincoln: One home damaged.

Lowndes: EF-0 Tornado in Artesia; EF-3 Tornado in Columbus, both confirmed by National Weather Service – Jackson

Close to 900 without power.

19 injuries reported.

275 homes damaged; 38 businesses damaged; roads/bridges assessments ongoing; Nine public building damaged

MEMA Personnel have been deployed to the city of Columbus and continue damage assessments.

Madison: Assessments ongoing

Monroe: 15 roads damaged, two bridges damaged

Montgomery: Assessments ongoing

Noxubee: One home damaged

Panola: Assessments ongoing

Pontotoc: Five roads damaged; two bridges damaged

Prentiss: 46 roads damaged

Quitman: Assessments ongoing

Rankin: One home damaged.

Sharkey: Three homes and 11 roads damaged.

Simpson: One business damaged.

Smith: Assessments ongoing

Sunflower: Two homes damaged; one farm property damaged.

Tallahatchie: 70 homes and 44 roads damaged.

Tishomingo: EF-2 Tornado confirmed by National Weather Service – Memphis

11 homes, 38 roads and two bridges damaged

Tunica: Assessments ongoing

Union: 22 roads damaged

Warren: Assessments ongoing

Washington: Five homes and two roads damaged

Webster: One home and 65 roads damaged.

Yalobusha: Assessments ongoing

Yazoo: Assessments ongoing


Open Shelters:

Lowndes County: Townsend Community Center – 826 15th Street, Columbus, MS 39701

Tallahatchie County: National Guard Armory – 409 South Cossar Ave, Charleston, MS 38921


Volunteer Reception Center:

Unaffiliated Volunteers looking to serve in the Columbus/Lowndes County area should register with the Volunteer Reception Center in Columbus.  The Center is operated by “Volunteer Columbus”.

Location: Trotter Community Center- 402 2nd Avenue North, Columbus, MS 39701

Phone Numbers: 662-370-8600, 662-370-8602 and 662-370-8603

Residents in the Lowndes County area needing assistance are asked to use that same contact info.


Volunteer Organizations in the field (Statewide and in the City of Columbus):

Mississippi Volunteers After a Disaster (MS VOAD), Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Eight Days of Hope, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), United Way, Volunteer Columbus, Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief, Convoy of Hope, Team Hope-Assemblies of God

All organizations are engaged in clean up, debris removal, chainsaw cutting, tarping and feeding support.


Mississippi Civil Defense and Emergency Management Association (MCDEMA)

Emergency Managers have been assisting their county neighbors/partners in damage assessments and resource sharing, through the Statewide Mutual Aid Compact (SMAC)

SMAC provides a plan/agreement for cities and counties to request and receive assistance from each other when local resources are exhausted.


MEMA Resources Deployed:

Personnel deployed to affected areas for damage assessments, staffing of county emergency management offices, resident assistance and asset delivery.

Drones with pilots to provide aerial capability in damage assessments, click here.

70,000 sandbags delivered to more than 10 counties statewide

More than 200 tarps to Lowndes and Tishomingo Counties


The State Emergency Operations Center is activated and monitoring any requests or unmet needs from the county emergency management offices.

The public is encouraged to report damage to homes or businesses to their county emergency management office. A directory of all the offices can be found at http://www.msema.org/county-ema/

MEMA will provide updates as information becomes available. The best way to get up-to-date information during this event is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter @msema.