JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is asking President Joe Biden to approve a major disaster declaration to help local governments and nonprofit groups recover costs from responding to winter storms.

Gov. Tate Reeves’ office announced Wednesday that 31 counties and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians estimated about $25 million in damage.

The governor’s office says more counties could be added to the request later. The storms in mid-February brought large parts of the state to a standstill.

The federal public assistance program provides money for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures and restoration of public infrastructure.