JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Four more local counties have been designated as federal disaster areas, opening the door to more financial help from the government to recover from the bad weather on April 13 and 14.
Clay, Itawamba, Monroe and Oktibbeha counties are among eight Mississippi counties to fall under the declaration. The other counties are Clarke, Kemper, Warren and Yazoo.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said local governments and non profits in those eight counties can get reimbursed for repairing infrastructure, removing debris and paying overtime to responders.
MEMA originally said the state surpassed the criteria required for the federal government to provide individual assistance, but that turned out to be wrong.
Tornadoes caused significant damage near Starkville and in Hamilton that weekend. Flooding also was reported.