The Clarion-Ledger, 5/20/8

A communication issue in the days after the April 4 tornados may have hurt Hinds County’s initial appeal for federal disaster assistance, but state and local officials say they are encouraged the money might still come.

“If we had all worked more closely the first time around, we wouldn’t have had to go through this,” said Marcus Ward, chief of staff for Jackson Mayor Frank Melton.

Disaster assessment teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency spent last week making a second, more detailed inspection of damage caused by the storms in Jackson, Bolton and other areas of Hinds County.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency chief of staff Lea Stokes said she is pleased with the results but noted the appeal process is difficult.