Equipment failure prevents start of Holmes County debris clean-up - - Jackson, MS

Equipment failure prevents start of Holmes County debris clean-up

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By Cheryl Lasseter - bio | email

EBENEZER, MS (WLBT) - A message for Holmes County residents: be patient as big trucks and heavy equipment move through for the next rew weeks.  Debris removal from the April tornado has just begun. Roughly 10,000 tons of debris is set to be hauled away in the next 2 to 3 weeks, including stumps and limbs, and remnants of damaged structures.

Equipment failure prevented contractors from making any headway on Wednesday.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expected work to begin on Thursday.  Wednesday morning, the Corps was still sorting through various bureaucratic measures. "We're getting through the certification process with the equipment to make sure it can operate safely," says Charles Carson, Supervisor for the Corps.

Some residents are upset that so much debris remains. Nolan O'Reilly is a farmer in Yazoo and Holmes Counties. His brother maintains wheat fields in the Ebenezer area. O'Reilly is skeptical about County Supervisor Larry Dennis' assertion that the county has done all it can with its limited equipment. "We've got lots of debris that hasn't been touched," O'Reilly says.

O'Reilly adds that his brother's wheat fields need a combine now, but access to the fields is limited due to the debris. "That wheat will get real dry and start cracking," he says.

"We are thankful we see people in here, contracted to make a start," he adds.

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