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Holmes County tornado victims continue re-building

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By David Kenney - bio | email

HOLMES COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - After the April 24th deadly storms, the clean-up continues for Holmes County residents.

Members of the Jefferson family framed a temporary home north of Ebenezer Wednesday while they waiting for assistance to re-build.

Rosie Jefferson and her father sustained heavy damages to their properties when the twister passed over their homes pushing them off their foundations.

They said some of the federal assistance has been helpful, but they'd prefer supplies to make their own repairs, claiming lumber prices have sky rocketed since the storm.

"F.E.M.A. could pass out lumber instead of food.  We're fine with the food and stuff, but we need some lumber too.  Most of us to build our own if they give it," said Rosie as she hammered       2 x 4's which will serve as support for her new walls.

A steady flow of victims continue seeking assistance at the F.E.M.A. Disaster Assistance Center located at the Ebenezer Volunteer Fire Department.

That building is also the coordination center for volunteers who work in the area.  Americorp reported they've completed 118 projects of the 146 requests for help.

FEMA also reported that 107 people have applied for help at the center.

82 people have been approved for housing assistance there, while another 20 have been approved for loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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