Posts Tagged ‘tornado’

Six months after EF4 tornado, work continues on recovery

HATTIESBURG — Saturday marked six months since an EF4 tornado tore through the Hattiesburg area, and volunteers from around the country still are pitching in to help repair and rebuild homes. Restore, Rebuild, Recover South Mississippi, also known as R3SM, is a long-term recovery agency created by the United Way of Southeast Mississippi after Hurricane […] [...]

Schools hit by spiraling insurance premiums, lack of providers

HATTIESBURG — Property insurance premiums have skyrocketed for Pine Belt school districts. Some have had problems just finding a company to insure them. Lamar County School District Superintendent Ben Burnett told the Hattiesburg American that his district’s premium was about $176,000 last year but just increased by $500,000. “I was shocked,” he said. “We always […] [...]

Work continues on tornado-damaged schools

HATTIESBURG — The uncompromising winds lasted less than 10 minutes on that day more than five months ago, and the steady rain that followed for several days afterward only added to the initial misery. While much of the damage and debris has been carted off, approximately a month before the start of the 2013 football […] [...]

Town rebuilding from tornado forced to cut plans due to funding

SMITHVILLE — The town board in Smithville has scaled back plans for a new government office complex. Officials tell WCBI-TV in Columbus they are not getting everything on their wish list but it will be close and within the $660,000 budget. Smithville city attorney Sam Griffie says aldermen will now have to thoroughly review all […] [...]

USM moves to second phase of tornado recovery efforts

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi is moving into the second phase of a comprehensive landscaping plan to restore the southern edge of its Hattiesburg campus that suffered extensive damage from a Feb. 10 tornado. The initial phase of the $3-million project – which included planting of five mature live oak trees, grass sodding […] [...]

Town’s residents struggle to rebuild after destructive tornado

SHUQUALAK — Two months after a devastating tornado swept through Noxubee County, the residents of Shuqualak are rebuilding their homes and their lives. Running Water Road received the brunt of the April 11 tornado, where nine mobile homes were destroyed, the winds seeming to pick up and drop the home as effortlessly as a child […] [...]

South Miss. companies working tornado cleanup in Oklahoma

PICAYUNE — Executive Recovery Group (ERG) was recently selected by the City of Moore, Okla., to monitor the town’s recovery efforts after the recent tornadoes that devastated the area. Terms were not disclosed. ERG’s role will be to monitor the removal of storm debris from public areas and right’s of way. “This clean-up effort involves […] [...]

County mulling disaster response team concept

GREENVILLE — Washington County wants to organize local disaster-response teams that will be trained to respond either in their neighborhood or workplace if a disaster strikes. Emergency management director David Burford tells the Delta Democrat Times the department is applying for grants to set up the Community Emergency Response Team units throughout the county. The […] [...]

Reelection of Smithville mayor signals support for growth of tornado-ravaged town

by Published: June 5,2013

Tags: Gregg Kennedy, municipal elections, Smithville, tornado

SMITHVILLE, Mississippi – The question of whether this tiny community ravaged two years ago by a killer tornado is ready for land-use controls and an annexation strategy received an affirmative answer from voters Tuesday. In a campaign seen as an up-or-down vote on his call for comprehensive land-use planning and the annexation of nearby unincorporated […] [...]

Schools’ athletic facilities still need repair from February tornado

HATTIESBURG — The lingering effects of the Feb. 10 tornado are still visible at the two local high school campuses that were hit the hardest. Hattiesburg High and Oak Grove continue to pick up the pieces, and according to officials from both schools, headway is being made every day. Willie Burton, director of maintenance at […] [...]

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