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1 Year Pine Belt Tornado Anniversary; Cleanup Still Underway

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A year ago today, the City of Hattiesburg and other parts of the Pine Belt was ripped apart by an EF-4 tornado.

Recovery efforts are still underway.

"When I heard the sirens, it never hit me what was going on," said Cora Brown, a Hattiesburg resident who lives on Flowers Street.

A few minutes later the storm came over Brown's house; she was fine, but her vacant house on Mobile Street wasn't.  

"God will answer prayers," she said.

She needed help clearing off some of the debris left on the property, Monday she received some.

"Ms. Delgado knocked on my door Wednesday and said she would have a cleanup crew come," Brown said.

"We are trying to address some of the people who may have fallen through the cracks," Councilwoman Deborah Delgado said.

She asked volunteers from the community along with Mississippi Power Company to help out some of her constituents Monday, in honor of the tornado's one-year anniversary.

"When you drive through the neighborhood there is still a lot of evidence of the storm," she said.

Sixth Street resident Mildred Wash said she's lived at her home all of her life.

"The house kind of shifted," she said.

The organization, R3SM plans on rebuilding her home. Crews came spent the day tearing down to tear down what's left of it.

"I'm real thankful for people to come by and help," she said.



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