MARION COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Inclement weather in South Mississippi is adding to the headaches in Columbia and Ellisville. Both of those communities are trying to clean up tornado debris and begin the process of rebuilding homes, businesses, and lives.
Tornados raced through South Mississippi December 23. They tore through more than 240 homes and dozens of businesses in Marion and Jones Counties. Four people died during the tornado outbreak.
The Red Cross has closed its Marion County shelter. However, it is operating two Client Assistance locations this weekend. Those sites are where residents with disaster-related needs can meet with a Red Cross caseworker. That worker will connect them with available community resources to aid in their recovery. The Red Cross will be serving lunch from both locations and have clean up kits, tarps, gloves and other bulk items available at the sites.
Client Assistance locations and hours of operation are: Woodlawn Church, 1452 Highway 98 East, Columbia, MS. Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m; Sunday 1-5 p.m.; and Pine Ridge Baptist Church, 220 Service Road, Laurel, MS. Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m; Sunday 1-5 p.m.
People who are unable to travel to one of the Client Assistance locations but need assistance may call the Red Cross office in Hattiesburg at 601-582-8151 to be put in touch with a Red Cross caseworker.