By NEMS Daily Journal
One Alcorn County woman reported minor injuries with a bumped head and hurt wrist and was treated at her home in the Biggersville-Rienzi area, said Alcorn County EMA Director Ricky Gibens.
Power outages struck residents around the Rienzi community twice on Wednesday, but power had been fully restored as of Thursday morning.
More than 20 properties were reported damaged, probably six of them no longer habitable, Gibens said. Reports also included two trailers with roofs torn off, two barns completely destroyed and a church with roof damage and its steeple toppled.
Several roads that were flooded remained closed Thursday because of heavy damage, including ones in the Kendrick community and off Smithbridge Road, Gibens said.
Residents should check with county supervisors for updates on road safety.
Emergency management and law enforcement officials expect to have a clear assessment by early next week of the extent of damage to homes, businesses and other property in Wednesday’s tornadoes. David Shaw, emergency management coordinator, said that a shelter was opened Wednesday at an Oxford church, but only six people stayed overnight, and it was closed Thursday.
Stormed-tossed trees were the main source of trouble in Lee County.
Three houses were damaged in the Brewer community in the early Wednesday morning round of storms, said Lee Bowdry, Lee County Emergency Management director. Road crews had to clear downed trees from a number of roads, primarily in the Brewer community.
Near Baldwyn, Mallard Lake topped its levy, flooding Mallard Lake Drive because of the heavy rains. Water did not reach into houses, Bowdry said, and crews were able to relieve the flooding.
Tombigbee Electric Power Association estimated about 6,750 customers were without power at the peak of the storms Wednesday afternoon, said Bill Long, general manager. Most power was restored by 3 a.m. Thursday, with all customers who could receive power restored by 10 a.m. Thursday.
While road crews repair roads that were washed out from the heavy rains that came with Wednesday’s storms, most Marshall County residents’ lives are getting back to normal. Long-term shelter was still undetermined for some residents whose homes were either flooded or wind damaged, but the number was small, said Hugh Hollowell, emergency management coordinator.
EMA Director Ralph Lauderdale of Prentiss County said a number of homes in the Jumpertown, Pisgah, Marietta, New Site, Burton and Bay Springs communities were damaged, including several with heavy damage.
About 68 trees that blocked roadways had been removed by late Thursday morning, and trees were removed in 35 areas where they fell across power lines.
Reports in Tippah County included several homes with roof damage and a temporary loss of power to about 100 customers, said EMA Director Tom Lindsey.
Around Tishomingo County hundreds of trees were down, many across power lines, which caused power outages, said Bill Strickland, director of the county emergency management agency. At midday Thursday, he said power to about 150 residents in the Belmont area was still out, and might not be restored before noon Saturday.
Two businesses – Falcon Industries and Red Bud Supply in Belmont – were completely destroyed, and the town’s maintenance yard suffered severe damage, Strickland said.
There also were about 30 homes that sustained major damage, and the high school baseball field was destroyed with trees down all across it.
Most of the fewer than 20 Union County families that sustained significant damage to their homes in Wednesday’s storms didn’t require shelter. Emergency management coordinator Curt Clayton said nearly all power had been restored countywide by Thursday afternoon.