Mississippi governor provides update as Ida moves through state

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PEARL, Miss. (WJTV) – Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves held a news conference on Monday, August 30, to discuss the impacts from Hurricane Ida.

Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday, August 29, which was the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Before Ida made landfall, Reeves declared a State of Emergency for Mississippi.

Reeves announced eight counties had submitted initial damage reports. He said shelters were also open for those in need.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Executive Director Stephen McCraney said Mississippians can report damage through MEMA’s self report tool. People in Mississippi, who are from Louisiana, can find more information at ready.nola.gov.

On Monday, President Joe Biden and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the State of Mississippi’s request for a pre-disaster Emergency Measures declaration for the entire state due to Hurricane Ida.

The governor met with President Biden virtually on Monday to provide an update on the impacts of Ida in Mississippi. Reeves said he directed Adjutant General of Mississippi Janson Boyles to reach out to his counterpart in Louisiana, and the state would send Mississippi National Guard members to help with the recovery efforts in Louisiana.

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