The Latest: Miss. counties not eligible for FEMA funds

The Latest on Louisiana flooding (all times local):

7:25 a.m.

As thousands of south Louisiana flood victims apply for disaster assistance, residents of two Mississippi communities have been told they are not eligible for assistance.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokes tells The Natchez Democrat ( the damage in Crosby and Centreville wasn't enough to meet the criteria for a federal declaration of disaster.

Crosby Mayor William Hall said he is disappointed that the community isn't eligible, but he is not giving up.

Flynn said the Management Agency and the state are working on several available options to help Crosby residents.

He said the state will also use leftover funds from the Hurricane Katrina Cottage Sales program to help buy building supplies to repair houses in Amite and Wilkinson counties. Flynn says about $250,000 will be used.


7:16 a.m.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued an emergency order to speed up the removal of flood debris.

The order allows mattresses, furniture and carpets to be taken to construction and demolition landfills.

Prior to this emergency order, which ends Sept. 30, these materials had to be separated from home debris to be taken to a different type of landfill that accepts household waste and garbage.

The order is in effect for the 20 parishes covered under the emergency declaration.

Department secretary Chuck Carr Brown, who oversaw debris removal during Hurricane Katrina, said in a news release that monitors will watch what goes into trucks and what gets dropped off at each landfill.