LAUREL, Miss. (WLBT) - Governor Tate Reeves and Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf held a press conference as they toured damaged areas of Laurel on Friday afternoon.
During the press conference, they discussed the Mississippi Disaster Declaration, which was approved by President Donald Trump on Thursday.
Gov. Reeves gave President Trump praise for approving the declaration in a speedy manner. He said it is unusual for aid to approved as quickly.
“We had the opportunity to work with President Trump yesterday," Reeves stated. “He approved our emergency disaster declaration, which is going to help expedite help to the people of Mississippi."
The federal funding will be used to assist Mississippians affected by the deadly Easter Sunday storms.
Also during the press conference in rural Jones County, Governor Reeves said, “Being able to show our friends and our partners from the federal government not only the extent of the damage, but also to be on the ground and see and talk to some of the people who have been affected, is critically important.”
Governor Reeves was joined by Secretary Chad Wolf and Carlos Castillo, Acting Deputy Administrator for FEMA and others for the tour of tornado damage.
The town of Soso was one of the hardest hit areas in Jones County. Dozens of homes destroyed with most streets looking like a war zone.
Residents here say they’ll rebuild. Ralph Kahill, who suffered damage to his business said, "We’ll rebuild, we’re Mississippian’s. I would say we’re Mississippi strong. We’ll come back here. We came back after Katrina, we will come back after this one.”