Palestine Road residents in the South Pontotoc area can look forward to using natural gas to heat their homes by this winter.
Spokesman for the residents, Rickey Bagwell asked the board of aldermen at their last meeting if they would consider running the line to their community.
He presented a petition to the board from the residents requesting the gas line be run.
“We are talking about approximately four miles of line here,” Bagwell said. “You have the potential of 65 meters.
“I’ve been out and talked to people and we’d like to have it. The response had been positive.”
Gas department supervisor Sammy Jordan assured the board that he would get the process started to lay the gas line.
The city of Pontotoc has owned the natural gas lines since the late 1970s. The revenues from the sale of natural gas is what funds the city.
New tornado sirens
When tornados threaten the city, any resident living within the city limits and just beyond will soon be able to hear a siren warning.
The city accepted a bid to put up four more warning sirens.
These will be installed on Five Star Road, Maple Drive, Sportsplex and Hud.
Pontotoc’s historical tornado activity is near the Mississippi state average.
It is 112 percent greater than the overall U.S. average.
For instance, on April 29, 1963, a Category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 m.p.h.) tornado 21.6 miles away from the Pontotoc city center killed three people and injured 20 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
On January 21, 1959, a Category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 m.p.h.) tornado 7.2 miles away from the city center injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
And who can forget the F-4 tornado that struck the heart of the city on February 24, 2001.
Today, all three of these storms would be classified EF5 storm, because by the new ratings any wind over 200 m.p.h. is an F5.
While tornadoes that occur in January and February are typically stronger than the ones that occur later, by the statistic above, a funnel cloud can hit as late as April with devastating results.
Early warning is the key to keeping people safe, as well as knowing where the storm shelters are located.
For a complete list of the storm shelters, please refer to page 19 in the Welcome Home to Pontotoc magazine.
Regina Butler/Pontotoc Progress