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Mobile homes donated to flood victims in the small town of Crosby

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CROSBY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The small town of Crosby, MS, was nearly wiped out by flood waters last year.  Some victims who were initially denied federal assistance, have received some much-needed help from the state.

“I love it and I am excited about it too,” said storm victim Dora Anderson.

Anderson’s refurbished mobile home was delivered Thursday. She said it is a relief to finally have a permanent place to lay her head. For almost a year she has been staying with relatives.

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“I am glad. I am really happy that I am getting a free trailer and everything," said Anderson. "I won't have to worry about notes.” 

“Through Congressman Harper's efforts, Gov. Bryant's efforts, we were able to secure a grant of $250,000 to rebuild the homes that were damaged," said MEMA's Executive Director Lee Smithson. "And the ones that could not be rebuilt, we replaced them with nine mobile homes.” 

Smithson says although the city was denied federal aid because it didn't meet a required threshold, his team along with leaders in the state and community have refused to forget about Crosby. The donated trailers and other assistance projects around the small town of 300 show that.

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“We were able to buy the building materials, we were able to get more materials donated, and then over 800 volunteers from around the country came in to do the labor to either elevate the homes, gut the homes and rebuild them and to get the mobile homes. We saw an incredible community effort.

Crosby Mayor William Hall agrees the city is making progress but admits there is still a long road to recovery.

“Well, 80 percent of the Town was flooded, we've made some progress, we got the creek cleaned out and that was a major source of our problem," said Mayor Hall. "The 24 unit apartment complex for people is not back, but yet we are making extreme progress on that and we expect them to be home by the end of May.” 

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