WARREN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Residents in Warren County are continuing to pick up the pieces after three EF-2 twisters ripped through the county last week, doing some major damage.
“The recovery process is still ongoing some of the neighborhoods are faring better than others,” says EMA director John Elfer.
Officials say more than 183 homes were damaged or destroyed, as well as 21 churches and businesses. Dozens of traffic lights and roads were closed due to the extensive damage.
“We had some volunteer groups and contractors coming out and we got all the roads back open, and county barn has moved a lot of debris out of the right-away along with the city," said Elfer. “It is still ongoing, but we are better than we were a week ago.”
Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs agrees. “We are still trying to comeback with renovations to the strip mall and there is still cleanup, but it is going real fast."
City and county officials say MEMA has also been on the ground assessing damage, which could be in the millions. Now, they are just waiting on FEMA.
“We are waiting for the deceleration to come from the United States and the federal government. We are waiting for the President to give us that okay," said Flaggs. “The White House emailed us on Saturday and asked where we were with recovery efforts and I told them that we have done the assessments and the damage report.”
Resident Dejuan Cage and many of his neighbors on Jeannette Street are hopeful FEMA will offer disaster assistance funds.
“We are just praying and hoping we can get assistance," he said.
Cage’s home was all but destroyed by the storm, and he has no insurance.
“As you can see, I have a blue tarp on it from trees and all. There were trees that knocked it all in there. Inside my house, it is holes all in there. It is rough," added Cage.