Trump OKs Mississippi's disaster declaration request

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves' request for help following severe weather in April was approved Friday by President Donald J. Trump.

Trump declared a major disaster exists in Mississippi and ordered federal aid to help recovery efforts in 11 counties hit by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from April 22-23 causing more than $8 million in damage.

The following counties are now eligible for federal public assistance: Amite, Claiborne, Covington, George, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lawrence, Pike, Simpson, Smith and Wayne.

Reeves tweeted his appreciation for President Trump’s response, saying “We are so blessed to have a president that is looking out for our state. Action—not empty words. He will always have our backs in Mississippi!”

Currently, a request for a federal disaster declaration following Tropical Storm Cristobal is pending, the Mississippi Emergency Mangement Agency said in a news release.