Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
Amy Carruth (601) 352-9100
Lea Stokes (601) 352-9100

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 5, 2004

GOVERNOR BARBOUR DECLARES A STATE OF EMERGENCY
Damage Assessment Reports for February 5, 2004

(Jackson, Miss.) -- Governor Haley Barbour today declared a State of Emergency for Mississippi in connection with the severe weather and flooding that is moving through the southern and central parts of the state.

"Our area has been affected by severe weather and flooding and I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure that our citizens are well taken care of and that their needs are met as quickly as possible," said Governor Barbour. "The people can rest assured that all available state resources have been mobilized and all personnel stand ready to help."

"We are working closely with local governments to meet the immediate needs of the citizens affected and to utilize available local and state resources to assist in the response effort," said MEMA Director Robert Latham regarding the affected counties.

The following damage is confirmed in the following counties:
· Adams County: flash flooding and mudslides.
· Copiah County: extensive flash flooding in Crystal Springs area.
· Lincoln County: major power outage reported due to downed lines.
· Pike County: reports of trees down.
· Rankin County: three subdivisions in the Richland area reported flooding.
· Simpson County: trees down and one house with roof damage.
· Tate County: street flooding in Senatobia.
· Yazoo County: three homes with minimum damage, one storage shed and one barn with major damage.

 


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Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: 601.359.3150 Fax: 601.359.3741
         

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