City Leaders: Tornado victims will not receive federal funding

Tupelo city leaders have announced that victims of the EF-2 tornado which touched down last week will not receive funding from MEMA or FEMA.

Posted: Nov. 15, 2018 7:10 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Tupelo city leaders have announced that victims of the EF-2 tornado which touched down last week will not receive funding from MEMA or FEMA.

This announcment was made at Thursday night's meeting for residents of the Bel Air area. This was the final meeting of three hosted by Mayor Jason Shelton. 

According to Chief Operations Officer Don Lewis, the damage left behind is not being considered a disaster, therefore federal and state funding will not be provided to help with damage costs.

However, after the evaluation process is completed, city leaders may ask MEMA for help by sending professionals in to clear trees, Lewis said. 

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