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Storm victims struggle to recover one year after tornadoes rip through town

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DURANT, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The city of Durant is marking one year since tornadoes ripped through town damaging businesses and homes. FEMA denied a request for individual assistance for citizens to rebuild. 

Signs of damage devastation and destruction still are visible one year after a tornado touched down in Durant.  A clear sign that recovery has been struggling; Brenda White has been out of her home since a tree crashed through the roof.

“When the storm came, it cracked my beams and water was just coming down in my house,” said White.

With no insurance, no help to rebuild, she has had to live with family and it is not easy.

“It is a lot. It is too much," added White. "But God will make a way.” 

Mayor Henry Robinson says more than 25 homes were destroyed.  Half of the other homes and businesses in the city were damaged.  While the city was granted federal assistance with cleanup, residents were denied Individual assistance.

“It is heartbreaking to see," said Robinson. "Trees in the yard, and having people who are no longer staying here.” 

But even in the midst of destruction, there are sights and sounds of progress. City officials say around 20 percent of the town has rebuilt, including new businesses and even a new senior center.

 The mayor admits this town is still in desperate need of funding, and support from nonprofits.

“Durant is poor town, but we have heart," added Robinson.  "We want people to come and help us so a year from today we can look back and say we have moved forward.”

If you would like to help donate to the citizens in the Durant rebuild, call Durant city hall ( 662) 653-3314.

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