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Cochran Says Federal Help is on the Way to Flooded Residents

By Rhonda Miller | Published 07 Sep 2012 12:55am | comments
Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran and Gov. Phil Bryant meet with Gulf Coast leaders at Gulfport City Hall to review Hurricane Isaac response.

Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran says help is on the way for residents recovering from Hurricane Isaac.  MPB’s Rhonda Miller has more.

Joyce Bittle moved her cockatiels out back while she cleaned up from two-and-a-half-feet of water in her Picayune home earlier this week.

"You see my patio?"  "That’s my patio." "That’s your patio?" "It was here and it floated over there." "It’s next door." "Yeah."

Hurricane Isaac ruined almost everything in her house.

"Just a little wore out with all this. 'Cause we went through Katrina and we lost everything then, and we started building back up. Now it’s another mess. It’s OK. We’ll make it."

Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran visited this community, and other Pearl River and Hancock County neighborhoods, this week.  At a meeting with state and local officials Thursday at Gulfport City Hall, Cochran said he knows residents are weary .

"Pulling out drywall that needed to be replaced, and doing the things that need to do when you've been hit with a disaster like this. It’s not any fun. It’s hot. It’s dirty. It’s a miserable mess. We wanted to encourage people that help is on its way. Federal funds are on their way."

FEMA has approved four Mississippi Counties – Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Pearl River – for individual assistance. Thirty-eight other counties are being evaluated to see if they qualify for individuals to get assistance from FEMA.

Gov. Phil Bryant said the priority is rebuilding communities.

"If we need temporary housing, we’re going to do that. We’ve already put out about  $1.6 million in assistance. We’ve served over 9,000 recipients that have qualified for benefits."

The Governor said an aggressive response effort is underway to get people back in their homes. 

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Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran and Gov. Phil Bryant meet with Gulf Coast leaders at Gulfport City Hall to review Hurricane Isaac response.


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