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
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.