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Adams County awaits presidential declaration for April tornado
from Staff Reports - NEWS
May 16, 2017 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – State and local officials are awaiting word on whether President Trump will declare Adams County a disaster area following the April 30 torrent of tornadoes that hit it and other parts of Mississippi.

Gov. Phil Bryant asked the president last week to issue the emergency declaration for Adams and eight other counties so local governments and residents impacted can receive federal funds.

Public assistance is being sought to reimburse local governments for such things as damaged infrastructure, debris removal and overtime pay for responders.

Adams County Road Manager Robbie Dollar said Monday that another week is needed to finish the clean-up efforts from the tornado that packed 115 mph winds and tore through three miles of Adams County near Natchez. About 80 residences were impacted by the tornado, said Adams County Emergency Management Director Brad Bradford.

The early Sunday morning twister began five miles south of Natchez, walloped the Cloverdale area and dissipated on Providence Road about two miles from town, according to the National Weather Service. It was on a path heading toward John R. Junkin Drive and South Canal Street near the Mississippi River bridges.

At least 26 tornadoes were detected in Mississippi two weeks ago by the NWS.

“With more than 25 counties reporting some form of damage on April 30, this was truly a widespread severe weather event,” the governor said Thursday in announcing his request for a presidential declaration. “Most of the survivors will need federal assistance to help them rebuild and recover, and the counties I’ve requested were the hardest hit.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is reviewing the requests for those nine counties.

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