Gov. Phil Bryant issued a state of emergency for Harrison County on Thursday because of damage caused by last week's heavy rain and flooding.
The order allows local governments to seek state assistance with response and recovery efforts, said Rupert Lacy, Harrison County Emergency Management director.
The order also will allow damage-assessment teams to compile surveys to see what federal help may be available, Lacy said.
Assessment teams will be from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, FEMA and the Small Business Administration and will include local officials.
Gulfport residents can report damage by calling 311 or the Harrison County Emergency Management Office at 865-4002. Damage must have occurred by Monday morning, he said.
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