Gulfport resident still awaits help for Zeta damage
Gulfport residents are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta including disabled vet Brian McDowell.
During Zeta, a tree fell on McDowell’s mobile home and cracked the roof on his and his wife’s bedroom. McDowell says he waited five days after the storm to report the damage to Harrison County because he knew they would be overwhelmed with reports.
Since then, United Way was able to come out and cut the smaller branches off the tree. However, the county nor United Way have the equipment to completely remove the tree.
Nearly three weeks later, McDowell is concerned for his and his wife’s safety. “You give me a 20-knot wind, I have a feeling that wind may twist and come right through my bedroom. And if it does, it will land on my head. I can’t– I’ve got to live in my bedroom. This is my house. So, I’ve got issues. I just need somebody to get the tree off. I can’t afford it. I got an estimate for I think it was $1,000 to take that tree off the house. To me, that’s a lot of money. I don’t make a lot of money. My wife’s also a disabled veteran. We don’t make a lot of money. We just need the tree off.”
McDowell says Harrison County has been helpful, however, getting a contractor with the correct equipment to remove the tree has been the difficult part.