Monday, Biloxi firefighters are in Louisville helping residents recover from last month’s tornado. About ten firefighters and volunteers left Sunday night for the storm ravaged city. They are helping first responders in Louisville clean up their homes and get their lives back in order. The firefighters brought chainsaws and other heavy equipment to clear trees and debris from properties. The volunteers plan on staying through Thursday. The Biloxi firefighters hope to clean eight homes during this trip.
Monday News 25 spoke to Biloxi Fire Chief, Joe Boney, via telephone, about the trip. Boney says, “We came up to help first responders first. Then we're moving on to help anyone that we can. The reason we're doing is to pay it forward. We got all this help after Katrina and we feel this is something we have to do to help other communities, especially in our own state.” The Biloxi Fire Department plans to have three more trips to Louisville over the summer. Governor Phil Bryant met with the U.S. Director of H.U.D. Monday after a tour of north Mississippi. Together, they'll come up with a plan to continue the recovery that Governor Bryant says is already on track.
Bryant says, “But more importantly, just the people of Mississippi, their determination and resilience to bounce back after this. We met with economic developers whose companies had been destroyed to get commitments that they were going to return. We put in a modular hospital, the first time it’s ever been used in American history. So I believe we're on track to a very robust recovery there.”