Last month, Gov. Phil Bryant submitted a federal declaration request for additional relief for the backwater flooding in the Mississippi Delta.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent out a notice Tuesday that eleven counties are now eligible for disaster relief for damages caused during tornadoes, flooding and other severe weather in southern Mississippi.

The counties are: Clarke, Covington, Forrest, Greene, Jasper, Jones, Marion, Newton, Perry and Wayne.

Those counties are eligible to receive reimbursement for costs to repair or replace facilities through the Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant programs. President Donald Trump signed a disaster declaration on Feb. 14 to designate these areas as adversely affected from the storms occurring Dec. 27 through Dec 28, 2018.

Noxubee County, via an amendment to the disaster declaration, is also eligible for Public Assistance.

Last month, Gov. Phil Bryant submitted a federal declaration request for additional relief for the backwater flooding in the Mississippi Delta. Over 500,000 acres of land was underwater at the time of the request.

Click here for the full statement from FEMA.


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Alex Rozier, a native of New York City, is Mississippi Today’s data reporter. He analyzes data and creates visuals that further inform our reporting. He also reports on the environment, transportation and Mississippi culture and is a member of the engagement team. Alex, whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe and Open Secrets, has a bachelor’s in journalism from Boston University.