“By the Grace of God we are here today:" Brandon homeowner recounts surviving storm

“By the Grace of God we are here today:" Brandon homeowner recounts surviving storm

BRANDON, MS (WLBT) - “By the Grace of God we are here today,” said Brenda Barnett.

She and her family were cleaning up Saturday after storms damaged their Brandon home.

Brandon homeowner recounts surviving storm. Source: WLBT
Brandon homeowner recounts surviving storm. Source: WLBT

“It was horrible. It was horrible. We didn’t know if the house was fixing to go. All I could do was sit there and pray,” Barnett said.

Barnett was outside with her daughters when Thursday’s storms came through.

“My husband looked around the corner and said y’all get in the hallway now," recalled Barnett. "We went inside and got in the hallway, and by the time we got there it hit. It was just shaking our house. It picked the roof up on the car porch and dropped it back down. The tree fell on the house. The room is about to cave in back here. All of this stuff can be replaced. I’m just happy to be here to tell my story.”

Brandon homeowner recounts surviving storm. Source: WLBT
Brandon homeowner recounts surviving storm. Source: WLBT
Brandon homeowner recounts surviving storm. Source: WLBT
Brandon homeowner recounts surviving storm. Source: WLBT

Barnett’s home was not destroyed, but it is one of several homes and businesses damaged in Rankin County.

Emergency Operations teams spending Saturday mapping out their plan to assess damage.

“We’re trying to get our hands on exactly how many homes we have damaged," said Rankin County Emergency Operations Director Mike Word. "How many businesses? We know it’s going to be quite a few businesses. We have a lot of people that are chicken farmers in this part of the county. A lot of them are either the roofs are gone or destroyed.”

Brandon homeowner recounts surviving storm. Source: WLBT
Brandon homeowner recounts surviving storm. Source: WLBT

Barnett and her family are not hurt, but she is trying to figure out what’s next.

“We’re waiting on the insurance adjusters. We’ll see what’s what. We’re just taking it one day at a time one minute at a time really, because we don’t know,” Barnett said.

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