Thursday, April 29, 2010
Remember storm victims
Our concerns over the weekend focused on fellow Mississippians in the path of destructive tornado activity.
We had watched the weather throughout the week – anticipating the storms. Marshall County managed to escape the worst of the turbulent weather.
The first news I received was a tornado striking Yazoo City Saturday. My thoughts turned to my acquaintance there – friend and newspaper publisher Gary Andrews.
Sunday, I got an e-mail from Layne Bruce, executive director of the Mississippi Press Association, letting fellow newspaper folks know that Gary and all his staff members were OK.
Later he forwarded this e-mail from Gary.
After reading his e-mail, I also had memories of April 3, 1974, when a tornado leveled Guin, Ala., while my family was in a storm house just a few miles away.
The storm that ripped through central Mississippi’s rural area last weekend killed 10 people and damaged many homes and businesses. It is being called the worst natural disaster to hit Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina. It was an EF-4 tornado.
A damage report released Sunday by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, includes:
• Attala County – 35 homes damaged and seven injuries.
• Choctaw – 114 homes/mobile homes damaged, two businesses, 15 injuries.
• Holmes – 60 homes damaged and 25 injuries.
• Monroe – 48 homes/mobile homes damaged, three businesses damaged, one injury.
• Union – 63 homes/mobile homes damaged and one injury.
• Warren – 42 homes/mobile homes damaged.
• Yazoo – 319 homes/mobile homes damaged.
We slept downstairs Friday night due to the bad weather. I awoke Saturday morning to more thunder, lightning and rain, plus our electricity was out. We also had no water pressure and later found that a piece of the pipe was broken near the meter in our front yard. Unfortunately, it was on the portion running toward the house – my expense.
But I should not have fretted over that small thing. Other Mississippians were suffering from loss of family and homes.
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