Gov. Reeves announces disaster aid for February severe weather in Mississippi


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi businesses and residents who were hurt by Pearl River flooding in February are now eligible to receive disaster assistance.

Gov. Tate Reeves, in a news release Thursday, said the U.S. Small Business Administration approved his request to make low-interest loans available to those affected by flooding from Feb. 10 through Feb. 14. The declaration covers Attala, Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Holmes, Leake, Madison, Rankin, Scott, Simpson, Warren and Yazoo counties.

“The historic flooding we experienced in February was more than anyone anticipated—and more than anyone should have to recover from alone,” Reeves said. “The people and businesses in the path of the Pearl River are still recovering from the recent devastation and deserve a helping hand.”

Applicants may apply online at They also can get more information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s customer service center at 800-659-2955.