MEMA confirms 11 deaths, multiple injuries in Sunday storms

Published 8:35 am Monday, April 13, 2020

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency confirmed Monday the storms that struck the area and the state Sunday resulted in multiple injuries and 11 confirmed deaths.

Lawrence County reported two fatalities — Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office deputy Robert Ainsworth and his wife, Paula; Jefferson Davis County reported four fatalities; Jones County reported three fatalities; and Walthall, Carroll and Panola counties reported one fatality each.

More than 72,000 were without power across the state early Monday and 18 counties had submitted damage reports to MEMA.

NOTE: These are initial reports, and numbers could increase or decrease as more information is submitted.

  • Bolivar – 40 homes, 20 apartments, 20 roads debris, 20 roads damaged. 30 persons displaced.
  • Carroll –2 homes, 7 roads closed due to debris
  • Chickasaw –4 roads closed due to debris.
  • Clarke –5 homes destroyed, 5 homes major damage, 5 with minor damage,7 mobile homes damaged
  • Grenada –15 homes, 1 apartment, 100 roads closed due to debris
  • Humphreys –1 home damaged, power poles down, 3 people displaced
  • Jasper 8 homes destroyed, 6 homes major damaged, 6 homes minor damaged, 5 homes affected, 3 mobile homes destroyed, 40 displaced
  • Jefferson Davis – 100 homes, 40 roads closed debris, 40 roads closed damage, 75-80 displaced, multiple powerlines down
  • Jones – damage to structures
  • Lafayette –5 homes damaged
  • Montgomery –10 homes, 2 roads closed due to debris
  • Newton –2 homes, 11 roads closed due to debris. 2 persons displaced.
  • Noxubee –5 homes, 5 roads closed due to debris and 5 roads closed due to damage.
  • Rankin –1 home damaged, 2 roads closed due to damage, 2 people displaced
  • Smith – 10 homes, 2 apartments, 5 roads closed due to debris, 5 roads closed due to damage.
  • Sharkey – 1 home damaged. Approx. 250 customers without power.
  • Tate –3 homes damaged, 7 roads closed due to flooding/debris, 1 road closed due to damage, 1 road washed out
  • Yazoo –8 homes damaged, 1 road closed due to debris, 2 people displaced

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is working with local county EMA directors to assess the need for long-term sheltering. The statewide shelter-in-place remains in effect. We want to remind people to social distance as best as possible and if you’re in a public shelter, wear some kind of mask to cover your mouth and nose to help slow the spread of COVID-19.