Saucier tornado wreckage finds new life

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - After having a tree nearly hit her house Sunday, you would think Judy Monroe would be at home, still shaken up, but she's not.

Instead she's busy sifting through the wreckage of a neighbors yard searching for pieces to add to a souvenir she plans to create

"I'm gonna take them and put them in my yard and put lights on them for Christmas decorations," says Monroe.

Monroe is known throughout the neighborhood for warming hearts with her elaborate Christmas decorations each year.

That's why she wants to use memories from something negative and turn it into something positive.

"I don't have any small children. I have grandchildren that's grown, but I do it for my elders at church and the children at church."

Considering all that's going on many Saucier residents could use a little cheering up. Just imagine your home turning into complete chaos in just a matter of hours.

"It's kind of scary. You don't know until you're in something like that and then you hearts pounding."

This uprooted tree is just one example of the devastation the storm left behind, but a lot of residents here are in high spirits and have already started the recovery process.

"I believe God He saved us from all of this stuff. So thank God that He spared our home and everything. So we're doing good," says Saucier Resident, David May.

"I've been through Camille, I've been through Katrina and I've actually seen a live tornado and it was coming down straight for my apartment and went over to the other side. God has had his hands on me a lot of times," says Monroe.

Judy says she's not exactly sure what the items she collected were, but she's sure she can make good use of them.

She excited for everyone to stop by in December to take a look at what she was able to create.