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Some Holmes County residents unhappy with Tornado cleanup

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By Cheryl Lasseter - bio | email

HOLMES COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - About one month ago, some living in Holmes County thought they were being ignored.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hadn't begun clearing the tree trunks and tree limbs from the roadways. 

But the Corps started work when it could, and now the roads are clear of debris. 

In the past several weeks, the Corps has picked up the debris and hauled it to a burn site off Salem Road. 

The only work the Corps still has to do in Holmes County is clean up the burn site.

Webster Creek Road resident James Veazey says, as far as he can see, the county still has work to do.

"County roads. Gravel roads," he says. "Since they got them opened back up for access, they need to bring the equipment out, try to re-gravel, get the big poles out of (the roads), straighten them up."

The wait was shorter than Veazey anticipated.  Our cameras caught county crews hard at work on Wednesday.

Worker Madison Roby was using a motor grader to smooth out one of the gravel roads that had been left with dips and ruts.

 Roby says he has about ten more similar roads on his schedule.

"All of them are passable now. We got them all where you can pass," he told us.

The county is also mowing near the shoulders of the roads.

The Corps says it's just about finished in all counties affected by the April 24 tornado, that requested federal assistance. 

But Yazoo City resident Emery Gregory says several roads in Yazoo County still need attention. 

"Pierce Cross Road near Benton. Even Midway Road's got a lot of debris still there," he says. "I think they did it right. I think they're doing a good job."

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