OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WLOX) - Following the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sally, the Gulf Park Estates/St. Andrews Fire Department is helping with relief efforts for people in Alabama and Florida who were impacted by Hurricane Sally.
To make this relief trip possible, firefighter Colin Bush said the Jackson County fire department is hoping for a little help from the residents in South Mississippi.
“We’re going to help residents cut trees down that have fallen in the yard, fallen on top of their houses," said Bush. "Once we use the chainsaws to cut all these things out of their way, we’re going to try and cover up their windows, garages, on top of their roofs with the tarps, and then using shovels to move all the sand and debris away from their houses.”
Firefighters will be on the move this weekend, making the journey over to the Alabama and Florida coastline with a trailer full of water and other supplies. It’s a mission that Bush is familiar with, having returned just last week from helping Hurricane Laura victims in Lake Charles, La.
“It’s a tearjerker," said Bush. “You have tears, mixed emotions about what’s going on, but being their to assist them in a time of need like I said is very important. It’s definitely an eye opener because you don’t know when something can happen like this.”
The overall goal is a simple and heartfelt one: To help Mississippi’s neighboring states during their time of need.
“Being able to give back just really means a lot to me because these people are really looking forward to seeing us at their lowest point in life," said Bush. "Giving back is one of the biggest things. It warms my heart knowing that we can help others in time of need.”
The Gulf Park Estates/St. Andrews Fire Department will be taking donations over the next few weeks at their two fire stations in Jackson County:
- Fire station #1 located at 1401 Elm St., Ocean Springs, MS.
- Fire station $2 located at 2300 E. Simmons Bayou Dr., Ocean Springs, MS.
For a list of other organizations accepting donations for Hurricane Sally victims, click HERE.