Hurricane Zeta Preliminary Damage Reports Update #5

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to work with our local county EMA directors to assess the damage.

At this time, counties are reporting a total of 32,071 homes damaged or affected by Hurricane Zeta.

MEMA is encouraging residents NOT TO BURN DEBRIS, but instead, sort it according to FEMA standards. (Debris counting and weighing are critical in applying for federal assistance.)

Currently, MEMA is working on damage assessments, and FEMA has been requested to conduct joint damage assessments of the impacted areas.

The following damage reports are preliminary. MEMA is working to validate these numbers. Throughout the validation process, numbers can increase or decrease based on MEMA assessments:



  • Total Homes Affected: 2,535
  • Total Businesses/Farms Affected: 20
  • Total Public Roads/Buildings Affected: 69



  • Total Homes Affected: 26,838
  • Total Businesses/Farms Affected: 212
  • Total Public Roads/Buildings Affected: 928



  • Total Homes Affected: 993
  • Total Businesses/Farms Affected: 35



  • Total Homes Affected: 22
  • Total Businesses/Farms Affected: 1



  • Total Homes Affected: 990
  • Total Businesses/Farms Affected: 20
  • Total Public Roads/Buildings Affected: 6



  • Total Homes Affected: 408
  • Total Businesses/Farms Affected: 4


Pearl River:

  • Total Homes Affected: 30




  • Total Homes Affected: 44
  • Total Public Roads/Buildings Affected: 6



  • Total Homes Affected: 161
  • Total Businesses/Farms Affected: 4
  • Total Public Roads/Buildings Affected: 2



  • Total Homes Affected: 50
  • Total Businesses/Farms Affected: 2
  • Total Public Roads/Buildings Affected: 2


Before home repairs and reconstruction begins, permits must be obtained for communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. The local Floodplain Administrator must assess the damage of the property inside the special flood hazard area. After the assessment has been completed, the permit official will notify the property owner of the results and what requirements they will need to meet during repairs.

Please note: Damage reports submitted to MEMA via does not count as a “claim” to MEMA or FEMA. Submitting damage reports ONLY gives MEMA an idea of where the storm impacted residents and businesses.

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