ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — The lights may go out for all 1,800 residents in Itta Bena, Mississippi.
It’s a small impoverished city in the Mississippi Delta.
Because of long-standing debt with its wholesale electrical provider, the city faces complete disconnection Dec. 1.
As of August, Itta Bena owed more than $800,000.
The news is devastating for the community, where 40% of people live below the poverty line and 90% are Black.
Itta Bena has long struggled with a decreasing tax base, white flight and job loss Local business owner Patricia Young says residents can’t take the hurt anymore. She said: “You start to wonder, ‘Do they really want us to survive?’”