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MEMA could soon provide a state grant for long term recovery in Holmes and Montgomery counties.

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DURANT, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Gov. Phil Bryant and MEMA could soon provide a state grant for long-term recovery in Holmes and Montgomery counties. The move comes one day after residents in both storm-ravaged areas were denied FEMA money.  

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Volunteers are helping to pick up the slack.

The roofs are gone, some of the homes are completely gone and you can't stand by and do nothing,” said volunteer Mike Cow.

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Volunteers from Samaritan’s Purse didn't mind getting their hands dirty to assist storm victims of Durant.

“We are tarping houses and we are moving a lot of trees that have been blown down,” said Volunteer Bruce Poss.  

More than three weeks ago, the group arrived to clean up what Mother Nature left behind. They are planning to stay even longer now that FEMA has denied individual federal funding for the folks there.

“We need people that will come and roll up their sleeves and drag brush and help tarp houses,” added Poss.

“It is pretty bad. It is pretty bad,” said a volunteer.

Storm victims couldn't agree more. Many of them in the underprivileged community admit they are uninsured or under-insured.

“I am a poor man. The tornado came and it is a mess,” said a resident.

Residents say every helping hands can make a significant difference on this long road to recovery.

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