By Joseph McCain
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Several dozen emergency workers and volunteers from Choctaw County rushed to Winston County Monday, April 28 to help with the cleanup of two tornadoes that ripped through Winston county.
Choctaw and Winston counties have a mutual aid agreement in case of such emergencies.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues toreceive reports of several counties affected by severe weather and possible tornadoes.
Winston: Major damage near Louisville. The Winston Medical Center receiveddamaged. The Mississippi Health Department arrived to provide assistance and damage assessment as well. Dozens of homes have been destroyed.
Other counties reporting damages are as follows:
- Desoto: Road closures due to flash flooding.
- Itawamba: Minor injuries. Some roads inaccessible due to downed trees. Several homes destroyed.
- Lee: Major damage in the City of Tupelo. Reports of extensive home damage in the area.
- Madison: Homes damaged. A few injuries.
- Montgomery: Trees down and homes damaged.
- Quitman: Trees and power lines down in the Marks community.
- Warren: Homes damaged and multiple roads closed.
A shelter is open in Lee County at the BancorpSouth Building at 375 E. Main Street in Tupelo.
Governor Phil Bryant has declared a State of Emergency to enable State resources to assist affected areas.
The primary focus of emergency crews is search and rescue in the affected areas. MEMA area coordinators have been dispatched to Itawamba, Lee and Winston counties to assist with operations.
The Governor has mobilized the Mississippi National Guard in Lee and Winston counties. The Mississippi Highway Patrol has also dispatched teams to affected areas.
Damage assessments are ongoing in areas where the storms have passed. Damage report updates will be released as they become available.