Region sees storm damage

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 17, 2005

Limbs, whole trees and power lines were downed by Monday’s Hurricane Katrina, accounting for the majority of storm-related damage throughout southwest Mississippi.

Falling trees caused damage to several mobile homes and roofs in Franklin County, according to information from the Sheriff’s Office.

In Franklin County, there were no serious storm-related injuries and roads were mostly cleared of debris as of Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

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Sheriff James Newman said he was among the many local residents who helped public works crews clear trees and other debris Monday and Tuesday.

He actually had no choice &045; all three roads he could use to leave his home were blocked.

No problem, he said. &uot;Everyone in Franklin County owns a gun and a power saw.&uot;

Churches throughout southwest Mississippi opened their doors as makeshift shelters.

In Franklin County, those included Bude Baptist, Meadville United Methodist and a church in Eddiceton.

Jefferson County

Jefferson County had some damage from fallen trees and debris in the roads, officials at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said.

All of the Jefferson County was without power and some residents did not have water service. Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association told the sheriff’s office it would have power back within a week.

Entergy said power would be restored to its customers within two weeks.

Sheriff Peter Walker said his staff was assessing damage Tuesday in order to direct resources to the best places.

Wilkinson County

Wilkinson County can expect to be without power for another two to three days.

Over 100 evacuees are staying at the Wilkinson County Industrial Complex on U.S. 61 South. Thomas Tolliver, who heads the Civil Defense department for the county, said the shelters need food and volunteers. The shelter housed as many as 211 evacuees in the past days.

The county has gas and water. There is no boiled water notice in effect.

Amite County

In Amite County, damage was minor for most including downed limbs on power lines and roadways. Electricity has been out since Monday county-wide and isn’t expected back on until later this week.