Lawmakers approves MEMA to give Columbus $500,000 for storm relief

State lawmakers have approved the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to fund the city of Columbus $500,000 for storm debris clean up.

Posted: Apr 3, 2019 8:33 PM
Updated: Apr 4, 2019 9:42 AM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - State lawmakers have approved the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to fund the city of Columbus $500,000 for storm debris clean up.

The city's project manager, Jabari Edwards, said the city cannot receive those funds or move forward with storm debris removal and monitoring until the federal declaration is signed by President Donald Trump.

They awarded contracts to Looks Great Services, a debris removal company and Debris Tech, a monitoring firm.

Edwards said the city has done everything to prepare for the cleanup and he's hopeful the declaration will be signed soon.

"It's really all about the people who have been impacted," he said. "We still have people out of their homes. We still have people who're just uncertain about the future."

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