[verbatim statement] Governor Haley Barbour today expanded the State of Emergency include Carroll, Claiborne, Hinds, Lauderdale, Panola, Quitman, Tippah, Tunica, Warren and Wayne counties. The recent winter weather system has caused parts of the state to experience substantial damage to water and road systems and threatens the safety and well-being of the citizens and property throughout the State of Mississippi.
Governor Barbour initially issued a State of Emergency on January 11 for the City of Jackson after freezing temperatures caused the problems in the water system. The city has been without sufficient water pressure for almost one week. In recent days, other Mississippi counties began experiencing similar difficulties, which led to the expanded State of Emergency order
LOL. Down, Baquan!
Nope, it wasn't just Jackson. And it's funny that we heard the governor talk a whole lot about the need to fix our infrastructure, huh? We do have a Toyota plant, though, that hopefully is going to do us some good.
We've posting all week reports from MEMA indicating that the problems were in various parts of the state, but the Jackson-bashers don't always take take to read the fine print. Or any print, it seems.
Hopefully, the feds will provide stimulus money to help with this infrastructure nightmare, being that there hasn't been will in the state to face it. Not to mention: Maybe there are some stimulus dollars out there that can help alleviate our flooding issues. Putting Mississippians to work + solving crises waiting to happen = smart.
I'm thinking even yokel legislators from Big Holler might welcome a few federal dollars when they have to poop in porta-potties. If you get my drift.