During Zeta, a tree fell on McDowell’s mobile home and cracked the roof of his and his wife’s bedroom.
McDowell said he waited five days after the storm to report the damage to Harrison County because he knew they would be overwhelmed with reports.
United Way was able to come out and cut the smaller branches off the tree, however, the county nor United Way had the equipment to completely remove the tree.
After the story aired here on WXXV, McDowell was flooded with calls and offers to help with the removal of the tree. Eventually, a private contractor, Thompson Services, came and removed the tree free of charge.