4/28 Tornado

Temporary hospital under construction in Louisville

Mayor Will Hill and Gov. Bryant inspect one of the modular units for the hospital as workers begin constructing the units together.

From staff and press reports

On April 28, as doctors, nurses and other staff at Winston Medical Center continued to keep patients safe and save lives, the Winston Medical Center building and adjacent medical clinics were hit hard by the … Read more

Extension helps shelters become child friendly

Four-year-old Mairah Haynes enjoys activities provided by Shandra Hurd, a Mississippi State University Extension Service staff member with the Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral Network, on May 1, 2014. Haynes and her family relocated to the American Red Cross Shelter at First Baptist Church in Louisville, Mississippi, following the April 28 tornado. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)    

By Linda Breazeale
MSU Ag Communications

LOUISVILLE – Long before the dark clouds rolled across the state on April 28, the Mississippi State University Extension Service had been prepared to provide a silver lining for children displaced by disaster.
Louise … Read more

Deadly tornado destroys home of CCHS baseball coach

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

Andy Young is the first to admit he didn’t initially take the early warnings of a storm headed toward Winston County seriously.
As soon as Choctaw County High School let out early last Monday … Read more

American Red Cross disaster relief enters second week

Neighbors helping neighbors

From press reports

Over 300 Red Cross workers are providing shelter, emotional support, meals and relief supplies to people impacted by the storm that devastated parts of Mississippi last week.
The Red Cross has delivered over 37,000 meals and snacks … Read more

Debris guidance offered to residents

debris removal guidelines

debris removal guidelines

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is working with officials and residents across the state to assist with storm damage and to provide guidance on the proper management of debris resulting from recent tornadoes.
“At this point we are … Read more

President declares disaster for Mississippi  

The Congressional delegation for Mississippi surveys the damage at the hospital and encouraged the President to declare Winston County a federal disaster.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Mississippi and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area … Read more