MEMA tours storm-affected areas after tornadoes ripped through the state

Officials say they’re hoping to get power restored in some spots by Easter Sunday

MEMA tours storm-affected areas after tornadoes ripped through the state

SMITH COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Officials with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency are making their way to storm-damaged areas, focusing on 35 counties.

The damage in Polkville can be seen simply by driving around the county.

A big problem they’re dealing with is down trees and debris. Residents say they’re beginning to clean up the mess on their properties left behind by wild weather.

MEMA is asking residents to start capturing the damage and report it to their officials.
MEMA is asking residents to start capturing the damage and report it to their officials.

MEMA’s Director of External Affairs, Ray Coleman, says several homes in Polkville sustained damage and parts of the county are still in the dark.

“Main thing is now just making sure we have those immediate life lines," says Coleman. “Which means getting power back on for everybody in the community. They’ve done a great job at establishing those immediate response life lines. Before we start worrying about how much damage we have in homes and roads, we need to make sure that folks have those immediate needs met.”

MEMA applauded how quickly the roads were cleared and the hard work people have put in after the storms passed through Smith County.

Officials say clearing the roads has made assessing the damage and the check-ins easier.

“These folks have out here working overtime - through the night - doing what they need to do to make sure the folks in Polkville and Smith County, in general, have power," said Coleman.

MEMA is asking residents to start capturing the damage and report it to their officials.

They are also hoping to get the power back on for residents without it by Easter Sunday.

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