Tornado victims clean up, some in mourning - - Jackson, MS

Tornado victims clean up, some in mourning

By David Kenney - bio | email

YAZOO CITY, MS (WLBT) Cleanup continues in Yazoo county after Saturday's deadly tornado.   Residents are still sifting through the rubble and assessing the damage.  Temporary housing is in high demand, hundreds lost their homes, entire neighborhoods leveled by this violent twister.

Twisted metal and scraps of personal belongings are all that remain of Nikki Carpenters home on Junkins road. When the tornado bore down on her trailer, the 31-year-yld mother of three used her body to shield her kids from flying debris.

She was successful. All three of her children lived with minor injuries, but sadly Nikki didn't make it out of the storm alive.

Donna Nichols who was her daycare provider said, "It's been hard on us we cried all weekend, I can't even imagine, it's a blessing that the children lived, it could have been worse."

Next door Sam Carson surveyed what was left of his trailer. He rode out the storm under a kitchen table with his two children. His ex-wife in a car outside. All lived to see another day.

FEMA crews spent the day surveying the damage.  Governor Haley Barbour did the same.  He's confident the damage totals will exceed what's needed for federal assistance.    


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