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Anticipated severe weather affects tornado recovery efforts

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YAZOO CITY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

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YAZOO COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Tracy King was almost in tears when she rolled up to her Yazoo County home on Canton Road Thursday morning.

Her home was destroyed by Saturday's EF-4 tornado, but they weren't tears of despair.

"My heart was just blooming," said King. "I have never seen such kind Christian people."

Volunteers from Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson were placing blue tarps over King's roof to cover the hole left behind by the trees that tore through it Saturday.

"Getting the roof will just help those people get a sense that something is happening and something is moving forward and that their lives are rebuilding," said Frank Riley, a volunteer with Christ United Methodist Church.

Riley said the severe weather that's expected to come through this weekend inspired the church to do something. He said none of the volunteers had installed blue tarps before.

"Not a clue, but we can figure it out," smiled Riley.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross said the anticipated severe weather is one reason it's keeping its Yazoo City shelter open, even while the number of people staying there has dropped to six.

"It gives people a place to regroup, keep their families together, and to focus and think and make decisions about what to do after the storm," said Frederick Rogers, of the Red Cross.

People like Roberta Van Meter would have nowhere to go if it wasn't for the shelter.

A tree ripped through the roof of the room she rents in a Yazoo City trailer.

"We can use all the help we can get here in Yazoo," said Van Meter. "Not just me, but there's a lot of folks here who were destroyed."

The Salvation Army ended feeding efforts Thursday. It plans to take appointments to meet with storm victims about limited financial assistance starting Monday. A temporary office is set up near Ribeye's Steakhouse at the intersection of Highway 49 and Highway 16 in Yazoo County.

To make an appointment, call the Salvation Army's Jackson office at (601) 982-4881.

FEMA officials are also on the ground in Yazoo City. They're waiting for word on whether affected counties will receive federal aid.

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