Hattiesburg gets funds for park rehabilitation


Hattiesburg is on the receiving end of a $1.4 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be used for repairs to Timberton Park.

The park was heavily damaged during intense storms in 2018. These funds were made available under the authority of Section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Act and announced by Congressman Steven Palazzo earlier this week.

The act spells out that funds can be appropriated to a state or local government for the repair, restoration, reconstruction, or replacement of a public facility damaged or destroyed by a major disaster and for associated expenses incurred by the government.

"I am glad to see that the Hattiesburg community will finally be able to rebuild and repair the Timberton Park,” Palazzo said. “It is important that members of the community and their families have a place to play and exercise."

On Jan. 23, 2017, Gov. Phil Bryant requested a speedy disaster declaration for severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred on Jan. 20-21.

On Jan. 25 of that year, President Donald Trump declared a major disaster occurred in the state of Mississippi. This declaration made Individual Assistance available to affected individuals and households in Forrest, Lamar, Lauderdale and Perry counties.