Feds deny state’s request for help following Cristobal

Feds deny state’s request for help following Cristobal
Popp's Ferry Causeway Park fishing pier still damaged after Tropical Storm Cristobal (Source: Photo WLOX)

PEARL, Miss. (WLBT) - Mississippi will get no federal assistance, despite sustaining nearly $6 million in damage, following Tropical Storm Cristobal.

On Wednesday, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) announced that the state had been denied federal public assistance following the storm.

Gov. Tate Reeves had requested federal help for Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties on July 7, following the storm.

According to reports, 23 homes, 30 businesses, 23 roads and 13 public buildings in those counties sustained damage. In all, an estimated $5,677,515 is needed to make repairs and rebuild.

Feds notified the state of its decision on November 18. On October 1, MEMA appealed the initial denial of federal public assistance, the agency’s release states.

In a statement from FEMA, the impact of the storm was “not at the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration.”

MEMA continues to gather data in hopes of securing a major disaster declaration following Hurricane Zeta, the release states.

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