When the ice began to melt after the Feb. 14-15 ice storm, George Hazard did what a lot of homeowners were doing.
The total annual premium for Columbus Municipal School District’s property and casualty insurance rose about $35,000 due to the insurance claim the district filed after a Feb. 23 tornado severely damaged the former Hunt High School and caused minor damage at a few other buildings.
Some delays are better than others.
Last week, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) was granted an extension on its planned appeal of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assessment that denied financial support for people who lost private property during the Feb. 23 tornado in Columbus.
For the past six months, architect Major Andrews has worked with the Columbus Municipal School District planning improvements at the Hunt campus, giving him the impression he would continue those services after a Feb. 23 tornado badly damaged the building on 20th Street North.
‘We haven’t given up on getting individual assistance’: MEMA plans to appeal denial of federal relief for private property affected by tornado, flooding
Two months after the EF-3 tornado that cut a swath of destruction through north and east Columbus, blue tarps still dot the landscape in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city. They are telltale signs of a waiting game property owners are playing before repairs can be made.
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency damage assessors have determined Columbus incurred roughly $9.3 million in damages as a result of the Feb. 23 tornado that came amid a week of flooding.
Just how much monetary damage a Feb. 23 tornado and days of flooding caused is still being determined as city, county and state officials continue to coordinate recovery and assessment efforts.
For the past week, Lowndes County Emergency Management Director Cindy Lawrence has been holding regular briefings for groups involved in responding to the Feb. 23 tornado and flooding that swept through the county.
A severe thunderstorm ripped through Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties Saturday morning, leaving a path of wind damage in its wake.
Parts of the Midwest and the South were recovering Monday after a weekend round of storms, winds, hail and isolated tornadoes killed at least 14 people.