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New housing for tornado victims

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By David Kenney - bio | email

YAZOO CITY, MS (WLBT) - A survivor of the April 24th tornado in Yazoo City was the first recipient of a Mississippi Cottage.

Friday morning, First Lady Marsha Barbour gave the keys to a one bedroom unit to it's new owner, Eddie Ketchum.  Ketchum's trailer on Canton Drive was crushed by a falling tree in the storm.

"It's neat, it's supposed to withstand 150 mile per hour winds," said Ketchum.

The cottages are available to those who qualify after applying at the disaster recovery center, located in the Yazoo City National Guard Armory.

Ketchum led the media and members of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency on a tour through the cottage.   It's equipped with a full kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and living area.

The cottages start at around $351 dollars.   "It's very affordable, especially for those who have lost everything, and a lot of people lose work, there's so much you have to recover from when everything is gone," said M.E.M.A. Director Lea Stokes.

27 people have applied for the cottages through the program.  State officials expect more to apply, once they see how affordable, and practical they are.

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