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36,000 still without power in Mississippi, recovery efforts and assessments underway

Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 9:54 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2021 at 10:42 AM CDT
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PEARL, Miss. (WMC) - Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves and officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency held a briefing to the damage left behind by Hurricane Ida after ripping through the state earlier this week.

Reeves says the damage is widespread from the coastline to the Tennessee state line.

“This particular storm brought damage throughout our state. It’s less in terms of severity in any one specific point and much more about the size and the scope of the storm,” said Reeves.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reports, 146 homes, 184 roads and 53 bridges were affected by the storm.

There were also 136,000 power outages reported across the state but that number has since dropped to 36,000.

Reeves says the state is now out of the response phase and able to focus on relief and recovery.

Deanne Criswell, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, advises that residents remain cautious and safe as communities work to recover. She says many injuries occur during the recovery phase due to unstable structures downed wires and trees and more.

Several resources including additional ambulances are staged at the fairgrounds in Jackson to offer any medical relief to residents.

There are also 75 feeding trucks in areas most impacted by Ida.

Mississippi residents who are in need of assistance from Ida can call 1-888-574-3583.

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