John Montgomery

District 1 Supervisor John Montgomery signed the emergency declaration on Sunday following the devastating storms that rolled through the area late Saturday night

As soon as the first damage was reported from a line of devastating storms that caused scattered damage across Oktibbeha County late Saturday night, county officials issued an emergency declaration to help efforts in the aftermath.

While no injuries were reported from the overnight storms, widespread tree damage could be see in certain parts of the county along with some heavy structure damage in rural areas and some in and around Starkville.

Oktibbeha County EMA Director Kristen Campanella told the Starkville Daily News on Sunday that the disaster declaration went into effect a little before 11 p.m. Saturday night when the first damage was reported.

“By us doing that, it opens up the county to be able to make any emergency purchases,” Campanella said. “Anything from [the first report] that time forward, we will be able to count and document.”

From 10:30 p.m. when the first call came in until about 1:15 a.m. Sunday, the agency received 185 calls and monitored almost 450 radio transmissions.

According to the county’s latest assessments, 10 structures were impacted on Craig Springs Road, around 15 in the Hillbrook subdivision off of Oktoc Road and a church on Highway 25.

She also said two homes in the Morgantown community suffered severe damage, in addition to the numerous reports of siding damage to area apartments and damage to Mississippi State’s Beef Unit on the MSU campus.

To report damage or for questions, those in the area can call (662)-320-7250 or email oktema@gtpdd.com.

For more on the storm damage and recovery efforts, read Monday's Starkville Daily News.

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