Federal aid approved for Hurricane Ida victims

Gov. Tate Reeves’ request for Individual and Public Assistance (FEMA-4626-DR-MS) for counties affected by Hurricane Ida was approved by President Biden. Hurricane Ida made landfall Sunday, August 29, 2021 near Port Fourchon, Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 150 mph. Ida produced heavy rain across Mississippi resulting in flooding and the hurricane’s strong winds caused widespread power outages. 

“Ensuring Mississippians receive assistance after a disaster will always be one of my top priorities,” said Reeves. “With the approval of my request for Individual and Public Assistance, Mississippians will have access to the help they need to begin rebuilding.”

Public Assistance was approved for the following 19 counties: Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Covington, Franklin, George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Lincoln, Pearl River, Pike, Simpson, Walthall, Wayne, and Wilkinson. Public assistance is available to local governments and eligible private non-profit agencies to assist in the costs for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. 

Individual Assistance was also approved for the following eight counties: Amite, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Pike, Walthall, and Wilkinson. Individual assistance is available to residents in those eight counties and can include grants for temporary housing, home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of this disaster. 

Residents in Amite, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Pike, Walthall, and Wilkinson counties who sustained losses during Hurricane Ida can now apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

DeSoto County News Service – News Release

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