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A day after devastating storms, Yazoo City community comes together

By Ashley Conroy

Yazoo City, MS -- The day after the devastating storm ripped through Yazoo City, clean-up and search and rescue crews continue to work into the night.

The American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the National Guard among hundreds of volunteers all gathered in the small town of about 28,000 people to lend a helping hand.

The Governor said about 100 homes in Yazoo County were uninhabitable.

Executive Director of MEMA, Mike Womack said they estimate about 300 people statewide are currently displaced from their home.

"The outlying areas have already been covered one time for search and rescue. So what we're doing now is going back, covering the same ground," Womack said.

A church located on the east side of town driving into Yazoo City was demolished by the storms.

A small congregation of people stood united where the rubble of the church remained.

One Yazoo resident, Dale Thrash considered himself fortunate. He was in the church when it collapsed. He said it was "scary, but it happened so quick."

Another resident and church member, Wendy Rivers says she is thankful her family is okay, but says her prayers go out to those who lost everything.

"We do know some people that were killed in this storm. I know a lot of people that were injured. My prayers go out to them and their families."

Meanwhile, crews are working around the clock cleaning up the debris, offering food, and emotional support for those coping with loss.

"To make sure they're fed, to make sure they have water. There's hydration and to cover their emotional needs here immediately," said Bill Mockabee, the Salvation Army Captain from Laurel, MS.

The Salvation Army also says they have set up three mobile units in Yazoo County offering food, snacks, and drinks.

In addition, the American Red Cross says they are helping set up shelter for residents in the area. 

Spokesperson, Paige Roberts said only about 12 people in Yazoo City stayed at their location on Saturday night, but says this number could change in the coming days.

The Salvation Army says they are only accepting monetary donations at this time. 

For those wishing to donate, Mockabee says donors can go to www.salvationarmy.usa.org or call 1(800)SAL-ARMY 





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