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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Mitigation could solve Verner Rd. flooding issues

County, state and federal officials may now be exploring a more permanent solution to recurrent flooding along Verner Road.

At a meeting at the Tunica Emergency Operations Center last week, officials discussed a handful of homes that have been impacted by major flooding at least three times since 2000.

FEMA Branch Manager Rupert Dennis said the recurring flooding might be solved through a state hazard mitigation program that is federally funded.

“The feds give money to the state for mitigation,” Dennis said, “and the state makes an analysis.”

“We have four houses (on Verner Road) that are damaged every time,” District 2 supervisor Michael Johnson noted.

“Does the county start (the process)?” District 3 supervisor Phillis Williams asked.

County EMS director Randy Stewart asked if a local application would be made through the mitigation program or through FEMA’s public assistance program.

“You don’t have a public assistance declaration right now,” Dennis answered, explaining that the process begins from the bottom up. [Editor’s note: Near presstime, Tunica County was approved for FEMA infrastructure assistance.]

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Recreation complex takes aim against obesity, sedentary lifestyles

Historically, Delta residents have topped the list for heart disease, diabetes and a variety of serious health conditions. Fortunately, locals have a triple threat they can turn to for help in getting and staying healthy.

The Health and Wellness Pavilion, the Aquatic Complex and the G.W. Henderson Recreation Center offer something for everyone. All three facilities are located at 1165 Abbay Drive and open Monday through Saturday.

The Health and Wellness Pavilion sits at the heart of the campus, offering a variety of fitness equipment from weights to elliptical trainers and treadmills. Walkers and joggers can utilize the indoor track or enjoy some fresh air on the outside track. Individuals can sign up for personal training, play racquetball and visit the aerobics room, which is home to several specialized exercise classes.

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FEMA opens center to aid March flood victims

When over 12 inches of rain fell in Tunica County in five days’ time from March 8-13, almost 100 residences along Verner Road, near Dubbs and Dundee, around the town of Tunica and other areas were directly affected.

Now, Tunica County has been included in a federal disaster declaration, making homeowners, renters and businesses eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mississippi Emergency Management, the Small Business Administration and other agencies. On Saturday, a local Disaster Recovery Center opened at the G.W. Henderson, Sr. Recreation Center on Abbay Road. Officials are manning the DRC to assist with new applications for assistance or to help expedite applications that are already in the works.

“We’re here to walk people through the process,” said one official this week.

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Shoppers flock to Spring Fling

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