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Pascagoula summer camp forced to move after twister

Cleanup work continued Monday in Pascagoula after a tornado touched down in several areas of the city early Saturday morning.  (Photo source: WLOX) Cleanup work continued Monday in Pascagoula after a tornado touched down in several areas of the city early Saturday morning.  (Photo source: WLOX)
Pascagoula's recreation center sustained roof damage leading to the children's summer camp being moved to a nearby school.  (Photo source: WLOX) Pascagoula's recreation center sustained roof damage leading to the children's summer camp being moved to a nearby school. (Photo source: WLOX)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

The weekend tornado that struck Pascagoula has come and gone, but the damage left behind is still clearly visible. The twister also led to a change in the city's summer camp program. 

It used to be part of the roof at the Pascagoula recreation center. Now, it’s a pile of junk. Because of the damage, the kid's summer camp had to be moved to Trent Lott Academy. 

Even over the weekend with little time to spare, the move was made easily, according to camp counselor Cassandra Shoemo.

“It all came together. All of our counselors came together, and they were able to make this transition as quick and easily as possible,” Shoemo explained. 

The Pascagoula-Gautier School District was there to help. Stewart Smirthwaite is the Principal at Trent Lott Academy.

“When the district leadership approached me about it, I jumped all over it, because we are all about children in this district. Whether it's school time or summer time, we're going to do what's best for children,” Smirthwaite said. 

Cleaning up the mess will take some time. Aaron Franklin is with Utility Partners.

“We're waiting to get all the reports in from and start making up tickets and coordinating all the trees that blew over. There's a lot of damage,” said Franklin.  

After the storm, recreation department employees moved quickly into action, mopping up the water inside the gym before it did any real damage to the floor. Now that that work is done, the waiting game begins for insurance, according to recreation director Darcie Crew.

“The adjusters will be here this week, probably by tomorrow. They will be here to assess the damage that we have taken of the video footage, photographic footage of. That sort of thing to show them all the work that has been done thus far,” Crew explained. 

Even though a lot has been done, there's plenty more to go.

City officials estimate the cleanup job could take about a week to complete. That could be pushed back with bad weather approaching the coast.

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