Central Mississippi officials size up flood damage

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – As the floodwaters recede throughout the Hattiesburg area, officials are getting a better picture of the damage incurred.

In Forrest County, 158 houses suffered some type of damage. Of those, three were destroyed, 47 had major damage, 52 had minor damage and 56 were classified as affected.

Lamar County saw eight homes affected by the flooding, in addition to two commercial properties.

James Smith, director of the Lamar County Emergency Management Agency tells the Hattiesburg American officials are still waiting to receive numbers regarding damaged roads.

The Mississippi Management Emergency Agency reported Wednesday initial damage shows almost 1,600 damaged homes statewide, including more than 600 homes with major damage. There was one injury reported in Jones County and two fishermen are still missing from Claiborne County.