Jackson County Coming Together to Help Tornado Victims

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Updated: 5/01 9:29 pm
Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms left devastation in north and south Mississippi. Jackson County officials are running a tornado drive for those in the north, and monitoring the flooding that is still plaguing their county. Sandersville and Louisville were hit hard by tornadoes earlier this week. Pascagoula Police and Fire Department are running another tornado collection drive to help those in need, but Jackson County officials are also monitoring the impacts of severe weather in their own county.

The Pascagoula Police and Fire Departments are collecting donations for Sandersville and Louisville in north Mississippi. They are asking for personal hygiene and baby items, as well as canned food and water. Pascagoula Police hopes to personally deliver the donations on Wednesday. Doug Adams of the Pascagoula Police Department says, "In the past, we've gone to Smithville and Leaksville when the tornados hit, so we wanted to help out our neighbors to the north because we know what it’s like to go through this."

While Pascagoula Police and Fire Departments continue to collect goods for those in northern Mississippi, Jackson County officials are looking out for homeowners still stuck by the flooding. Many roads disappear with the flooding, and home owners are stuck inside. Earl Etheridge, the Director of Jackson County Emergency Services, says, "We're looking at flood stages on the Escawtapa at 8 feet. It’s supposed to go to 9.5 feet later tonight. That's a foot and a half above flood stage.”

Etheridge says his county was drenched with 5.5 to 12 inches of rain over Monday and Tuesday. Add to that the 20 inches of rainfall from Alabama. This resulted in flooding for the Escawtapa River and surrounding neighborhoods. Residents and emergency officials are working together to keep everyone safe. Etheridge also says, "The local fire departments will go out and make sure the people in low lying areas have either got out or have gotten somebody to come get them out. And we monitor and if anybody needs any help we can go in and get them."

Etheridge says the Escawtapa River is expected to recede by Sunday, but residents should be cautious until then. Anyone wanting to donate items or money can drop them off at the Central Fire Station or at the Pascagoula Police Department. Questions about the collection should be directed to Doug Adams. He can be contacted at (228) 938-6696.





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