BREAKING NEWS – Govenor declares State of Emergency

Published 5:58 pm Thursday, March 26, 2009

Governor Haley Barbour declared a State of Emergency today for the severe weather system that affected parts of the state late Wednesday afternoon and today, and for the threat of additional storms and damage due to forecasted storms over the next several days.

The State of Emergency will allow state resources to be used throughout the affected areas to assist local governments as they respond to this disaster, said MEMA Director Mike Womack.

The following are updated damage reports received by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency’s State Emergency Operations Center:

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— Adams: Numerous trees and power lines down county wide.

— Amite: Trees and power lines down and wide spread power outages.

— Jasper: Three homes damaged, one injury.

— Jones: Five homes damaged, three injuries.

— Lauderdale: Two homes major damage, nine homes minor damage, one business destroyed, one business minor damage.

— Lawrence: Three homes damaged.

— Lincoln: Trees and power lines down.

— Madison: Trees and power lines down.

— Simpson: 60 homes damaged, 20 injuries; 13 patients transported to Magee General, four patients transported to Simpson General, three patients taken to UMC.

Emergency crews are doing additional surveys for damage. MEMA will continue to provide updates as they become available.