Lowndes County receives $250,000 grant for tornado recovery

MEMA granted Lowndes County with a substantial grant to help with tornado recovery.

Posted: Jul 25, 2019 7:27 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2019 9:42 AM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency provided Lowndes County with a $250,000 disaster housing grant.

Renee Sanders said the Community Recovery of Lowndes County (CRLC) will use the grant to aid homeowners whose homes were damaged in the February 23 tornado.

Sanders is the executive director of the United Way of Lowndes County.

She said the grant only funds building materials and will be given to the organization in increments of $50,000.

With the first installment, Sanders said the CRLC would begin to repair homes and work on bigger projects.

The CRLC is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide long-term recovery to storm victims.

The organization still has 42 open cases, and even with grant money and donations from the community, money is still limited.

Sanders asks the community to continue to donate, and for anyone with labor skills to volunteer their time.

Anyone who needs disaster assistance can call 662-352-8010 or the First United Methodist Church at 662-328-5252.

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