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Threat of severe weather impacts volunteer services

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YAZOO COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - The Hasty brothers worked to cover the tornado damage on their mother's Midway home with tarps Friday in preparation for another anticipated onslaught of severe weather over the weekend.

"Scared it's going to be another bad one coming through here," said Doug Hasty.

Hasty joined dozens of others who picked up tarps, water, and other supplies from God's Pit Crew.  It was one of the organizations set up at a makeshift "volunteer city" in front of the former Yazoo Motor Company building on Highway 49 in Yazoo City.

"I thought I better get down here before [the rain] comes in here and keep from losing what we got," said Hasty.

God's Pit Crew, originally slated to stay in Yazoo City until Tuesday, planned to roll out Friday afternoon because of the anticipated bad weather.

"Our product and our machinery especially cannot go into the field and remove trees.  Our goal today [Friday] is to not do more damage than we're doing good," said Tracy Stone of God's Pit Crew. "Secondly, our product, some of it is dry goods, and it's not good that those products get wet."

God's Pit Crew, a mobile volunteer organization that responds in times of crisis, said it distributed 300,000 pounds of food and supplies to victims of Saturday's EF-4 tornado in six days.

Meanwhile, the Mississippi Commission of Volunteer Service asked that volunteers leave "volunteer city" Friday afternoon to avoid the expected severe weather.  They said the volunteer operation will reopen when the weather clears.

"We don't want to put anybody's life in danger to continue the clean-up effort," said Emily Wilemon, public information officer for the Commission of Volunteer Service. "We can get back to that next week."

But a few organizations, like Church of Christ Disaster Assistance, plan to weather the storm and continue serving food to those in need over the weekend.

"It's raining, and it's going to be stormy, but people still need something to eat.  They still need to be cared for," said Don Hudson, a volunteer with Church of Christ.

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