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Yazoo City cleanup effort making progress

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YAZOO CITY, MS (WLBT) - Cleanup continues from Saturday's deadly tornado in Yazoo city. Signs of progress appeared Tuesday as traffic signals on Highway 49 began working again. Roads into the hardest hit neighborhoods were again opened to through traffic.

Old Benton road was ground zero for the twister. Numerous homes on both sides of the road were leveled.

Many residents spent the day cleaning up debris, and visiting with insurance adjusters who were surveying damaged homes.

Elizabeth Lee was cleaning up her home with her children who drove in from Houston to assist.

"It was terrible. You heard the wind howling and things banging around," said Lee, who rode out the twister in a closet in her home.

Her roof was lifted off, and several windows broken in the storm.

Mobile homes were seen in the driveways of homes as residents sought alternative housing.

Mayor McArthur Straughter says he hopes to get some of the trailers used in hurricane Katrina to the residents.

FEMA representatives continued to survey the damage. They will present their findings to Governor Haley Barbour in the coming days, which will determine if federal assistance is needed for the tornado victims.

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