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Gov. Reeves requests federal assistance following significant tornado damage



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Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced on Monday his request for monetary aid from the U.S. federal government following significant tornado damage across the state.

In June, at least one additional tornado, bringing the total count to 19, struck Mississippi. This event shattered a record that had stood for 49 years for the maximum number of tornadoes within a month, as per data from the National Weather Service. The past record was set in 1974 when the state experienced seven tornadoes in June.

The request for financial support pertains to 16 counties severely impacted by destructive storms and tornadoes within a five-day duration in June.

As part of the recovery process, Mississippi has been actively engaged with federal and local agencies to evaluate the damage incurred by these weather anomalies, stated Reeves. The plea for a disaster declaration marks a significant stride in the restoration, rebuilding, and recovery efforts for Mississippi residents. Governor Reeves made a commitment to provide ongoing support for as long as it is required.

The state’s plea includes the request for a Major Disaster Declaration. This involves individual aid for Jackson and Jasper counties, where the storms wreaked considerable havoc. Public support for local administrations in the other affected regions is also being sought.

During the period from June 14 to June 19, the governor’s office reported that Mississippi suffered from 18 tornadoes. Drone images and photographs showcased vast areas littered with debris, ruined houses, and severely damaged trees, particularly in Jasper County.

Towards the end of this period, Moss Point, a town in southern Mississippi, was brutally hit by another severe storm. Images revealed homes with completely destroyed roofs and distorted power lines.

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