Lauderdale Co. emergency director criticized

Published 5:42 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Supervisors in Lauderdale County say they weren’t notified when Gov. Haley Barbour declared a state of emergency after a March 25 storm. And they are blaming the local emergency management agency director for the failed communication.

County Emergency Management Agency Director David Sharp was questioned by supervisors Monday. Sharp said he attempted to reach the board’s president Hank Florey, but Florey did not answer his phone.

Barbour declared a state of emergency after a tornado touched down in the Clarkdale area.

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Supervisor Ray Boswell was very critical of Sharp, saying that he should have been notified because the tornado touched down in his district. He made a motion passed by the board that Sharp be required to notify supervisors when an emergency is declared.