COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Representatives from the state and federal emergency management agencies visited Columbus on Thursday.
Nine months after a tornado swept through, the City of Columbus has already made great strides toward recovery.
Some residents in Columbus received approximately $130,000 in assistance, and more than 300 people in Mississippi also received aid.
On Wednesday morning, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) presented Mayor Robert Smith with a certificate.
The certificate acknowledges the mayor’s office in recovery by providing the east Columbus gym.
MEMA, FEMA and the Small Business Administration transformed the gym into a disaster recovery center.
The agencies set up shop at the center to answer any questions and help residents register for help.
Federal Coordinating Officer Joe Girot said the ability for multiple agencies and volunteer groups to unite speaks to the success of long-term recovery in Lowndes County.
Beyond Columbus’ recovery, he said Tropical Storm Olga affected more than a dozen counties in late October.
FEMA members are conducting preliminary damage assessments to determine if the counties are eligible to make another federal declaration.