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Flood Recovery Meeting Follow-up

To view in your web browser, click http://rleeflowers.com/flood-recovery-meeting-follow-up/. I want to thank everyone that attended the community meeting on Thursday evening, June 9, that dealt with the recovery effort from the April 28 torrential rains and flash flooding. As I stated at the beginning of the meeting, we don’t have all of the answers to fix everyone’s problems, especially since FEMA has denied individual assistance, but we want to make sure the community is informed o
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FEMA Denied. What Can We Do?

FEMA Denies Individual Assistance for Flood Victims You may have seen the news recently about FEMA denying individual assistance for the April 28 rain event that caused flooding in numerous neighborhoods of Gulfport, especially in the Orange Grove area. Sun Herald: http://www.sunherald.com/news/state/mississippi/article81296742.html WLOX: http://www.wlox.com/story/32123162/fema-assistance-denied-for-april-28-flood-victims WXXV: http://www.wxxv25.com/2016/06/02/flood-victims-denied-fema-assistanc
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Transportation Projects Updates

It takes a tremendous amount of effort and time to design a road, acquire property, secure funds, and get all the necessary approvals in place to actually construct it. Here’s an update on a couple of big transportation projects affecting Ward 6. Dedeaux Road Widening Project We’re getting closer to seeing road construction underway. So, in order to keep the public informed of the progress, I asked the mayor to bring monthly updates on the Dedeaux Road Widening project until construc
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Flood Recovery Continues

Governor Declares State of Emergency Yesterday evening Governor Phil Bryant declared a State of Emergency for Harrison County including Gulfport. This is good news for our area. It opens doors to state funds to assist with drainage infrastructure improvements in the affected areas and is the next step in getting federal assistance. If federal declaration is granted, direct benefits for affected homeowners and business owners may include SBA low interest recovery loans and other grants made avail
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Flood Damage Reporting & Recovery

Add to the List of Damage from April 28 Storm The City of Gulfport needs your assistance in identifying all rain, wind, hail, and flood damage within the city from the April 28 storm event. This information will be used to seek assistance from MEMA and FEMA. Assessments must show damage meets state and federal thresholds before assistance can be granted. If you know of damage that has occurred and is not on the list below, please call 311 from any cellular or landline telephone within Gulfport&#
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Impacting Our Community

When I was in high school at Harrison Central, several of my classmates formed a club called Because We Care. Our mission was simply to do good deeds for and in our community. Those benevolent activities impacted my life in positive, lasting ways. Today, participating in activities and opportunities that benefit my community still excites me. Check Your Smoke Detectors The American Red Cross has a launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25% over th
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Meeting Expectations

Building Aesthetics Earlier this year, I published a newsletter explaining the need to promote aesthetically pleasing development along our state designated scenic byways which include Hwy 605. At the time a developer wanted to build a new Dollar General within view of the scenic byway. After much effort, we were able to convince the developer to invest more into our community than has been typical in the past. The new store looks much better than the initially proposed design and keeps with the
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Let’s Talk About Dedeaux Road…

Emergency Repair First, this week the City Public Works department and contractor will begin an emergency repair to culverts that run under Dedeaux Road in the vicinity of Colonial Estates subdivision and a little east of the WIC distribution center. The culverts on the north side of the road have separated and become undermined by stormwater runoff.     Stormwater runoff has eroded the dirt away from the culverts and weakened the road base near the edge of the road.    The d
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Staying Informed…

Having trouble viewing this email? View it on your browser.   Interactive Map of Capital Projects & Status Last year, the City Council voted to issue $20 million of bonds to fund various infrastructure improvements needed throughout the City. The City’s Engineering and Public Works departments have created an interactive website to inform the public of the status of the projects funded by this effort.  For a complete listing of the projects, please visit http://www.gulfport-ms.gov
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