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Yazoo City in the dark as crews work to restore power

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By David Kenney - bio | email

YAZOO CITY (WLBT) - First responders and law enforcement from around the state continued to arrive in Yazoo City into nightfall, to help with the tornado rescue effort.

The heaviest damage was reported just East of the Highway 49 and Highway 16 intersection. State emergency management officials set up a command center in the Sav-A-Lot parking lot, where helicopters had air-lifted out some of the injured earlier in the afternoon.

Officials report contacting nearly a dozen families still trapped in their homes, on roads only accessible by ATV's. Downed trees, powerlines and broken gas lines are hampering the rescue effort.

Governor Haley Barbour toured the tornado damage by helicopter earlier in the day. Tears swelled up in his eyes as he briefed the media on the damage to his hometown.

Barbour compared the devastation to Hurricane Katrina. He promised to get Federal assistance to the counties effected, which are already under an emergency declaration.

The American Red Cross has set up a shelter at 930 Lamar street.

The Salvation Army is providing food and drinks for the families who lost their homes.

Much of Yazoo City remained in the dark, as Entergy crews worked to get power back on to thousands. The Yazoo City Police Department is enforcing a curfew.

A full assessment of the damage is expected sometime Sunday.

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