Cochran pledges to help with Isaac red tape

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran listened to concerns from city, county and state leaders at City Hall on Thursday and promised to help untangle issues with federal agencies in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.

During the meeting, Gov. Phil Bryant said 6,000 homes have been affected in some way by Isaac’s flooding and MEMA’s Robert Latham said damage to cities and counties — most of them along the Coast — is expected to surpass $30 million.

Latham said 38 counties in the state have had people register for help, but it’s the three Coast counties and Pearl River County that are officially eligible for individual assistance. He said 9,000 people had signed up as of Thursday morning and $1.8 million had been distributed.

Sun Herald