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Mississippi Cleans Up from Isaac

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 02 Sep 2012 02:53pm | comments

Mississippi is drying out and is now in recovery mode following Hurricane Isaac. But, as MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports, it will take time for life to get back to normal for many in Mississippi.

A contractor fires up a chainsaw to cut through a large branch of an oak tree that fell in the Richland lawn of Christy Davis during Hurricane Isaac.

"I was shocked. I was scared the rest of the tree was going to fall on my house. So I had to find somebody to get it down for me. It wasn't fun to come home from work to. But at least no one was hurt. I am just glad no one was hurt," Davis said.

the storm took down many trees and power lines throughout central Mississippi.

Mike Fontenot, the contractor who is removing the tree Richland, says many people forget about the trees in their yard until it is too late.

"Actually during the storm is when they get aware of a tree. (reporter:what do you mean by that?) Before the storm gets here they really want you to come do something. (reporter: and there is not much you can do in that situation.) There is nothing you can do before the storm. It is after the storm and hopefully what they are worried about made it through. It seems like before the storm everyone is worried about the tree over their house," Fotenot said.

Evacuees who fled the storm are also trying to get back to see the damage that Hurricane Isaac has done to their home.

But for some...like Walter Russell, a New Orleans resident who spent most of last week in a Jackson shelter....there was not enough aid for people forced to evacuate.

"They only thing the government learned from Katrina is how to save the city. Hell with the people. And the people depending on all of this. And they say they will stand by the people if we will do our part. We did our part.  They didn't do their part. And that is just like Katrina. And that is the truth that needs to be told," Russell said.

residents in four south Mississippi counties can now apply for individual assistance.

An insurance trade group has estimated that the storm could cost the industry up to 2-billion in claims as people assess damage and repair their homes.

State and local governments will have help paying for the costs of the storm, 48 Mississippi counties were declared disaster zones as a result of Hurricane Isaac, meaning up to 75-percent of their expenses will be paid by the federal government.

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