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Miss. prepares for severe weather

Area residents may see an influx in severe weather tonight and early tomorrow morning. Large hail, gusty winds and possible tornadoes are possible. (April 3, 2014, Page 2)

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    Emergency responders do well during exercise

    A disaster drill was held at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.  Lafayette County Emergency Managment, Oxford Emergency Management, MEMA and the university conducted the drill that simulated an explosion in the north end zone. (August 2, 2013, Page 1B)

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      Avent Park project nears completion

      Water drainage project at Avent Park is almost complete. (May 17, 2013, Page 3A)

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        Avent Park drain project altered

        The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is giving Oxford more money than first expected to build a storm-water drainage structure that is less intrusive than the one city engineers had initially designed. (August 22, 2012, Page 1)

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          Storms cost county $1.4 million

          Six months after severe thunderstorms that produced a tornado and damaging straight-line winds wreaked havoc on Lafayette County, some families are still rebuilding. According to FEMA, more than $171,000 was given to local individuals through grants and low-income loans. The storms cost Lafayette County $1.4 million, according to officials. (October 31, 2011, Page 1A)

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            Storm recovery efforts continue

            The newly formed LOU Recovery Organization worked on bylaws and policies and procedures during its quarterly meeting Thursday at the Oxford-University Methodist Church. (October 7, 2011, Page 1A)

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              Funds available for storm shelters

              Thanks to grants being offered by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Lafayette County residents can get up to $4,000 to help build a safe room or storm shelter at their home. (June 6, 2011, Page 2)

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                Community begins to rebuild

                The storms on April 27 — one month ago today — destroyed 18 homes and damaged hundreds of other homes and businesses around the county. The neighborhoods of Pine Flat, Yocona and north Oxford are rebuilding as the community joins together to help form a new long-term recovery group. (May 27, 2011, Page 1A, 8A)

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                  Quake threat real

                  Officials from MEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, local emergency managers from surrounding counties, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other emergency response agencies have been attending the Earthquake Mid-Term Planning Conference this week in Oxford to discuss the state’s preparedness for earthquakes and the threats posed to north Mississippi as part of Earthquake Awareness Week. (January 21, 2011, Page 1A, 5A)

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                    Katrina left some positive marks on Oxford

                    Five years ago Sunday, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast, New Orleans and surrounding Gulf areas, killing about 2,000 and displacing more than 250,000 people from their homes.

                    In Oxford, evacuees flooded local hotels and bunked in with family and friends. Law enforcement and emergency management officials say things ran smoothly due to having emergency plans in place. (August 27, 2010, Page 1A)

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