Monday, May 25, 2015

Storm Damage from Possible Tornado in Monroe County

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received preliminary damage assessments from severe weather that moved through the city of Amory in Monroe County around 9:30 a.m. Monday. There are no injuries reported.

Monroe County Emergency Management Director Robert Goza reports:
· Two homes destroyed, 11 with major damage and 52 minor.
· Minor damage to the West Amory Elementary School and Early Learning Center.
· Two businesses with minor damage.
· Debris covering roadways and flash flooding.
· Power outages to 500 residents.



MEMA Director Robert Latham has briefed Gov. Phil Bryant of the damage.

“State and local officials are working together to respond to this situation, and I have been in close coordination with MEMA, Mayor of Amory Brad Blalock and Rep. Chris Brown,” said Gov. Bryant. “I urge residents to continue to monitor weather conditions and always have a preparedness plan in place.”

Director Latham will travel to Amory Tuesday morning to meet with city officials. MEMA has an area coordinator working in Amory to assist with state resources if necessary.

Residents that sustained damage from the storm should report it to the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency at 662-369-3683.

The National Weather Service will make an official determination as to whether the damage caused was by a tornado and what strength it may have been.

For detailed preparedness information, contact your county emergency management agency or go to MEMA’s website at www.msema.org. The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter.