Utility crews are still working on restoring power and repairing gas and telecommunication lines. Meanwhile, emergency managers across Mississippi are assessing the damage left in the wake of Monday’s tornados. Robert Latham is director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. He tells MPB's Sandra Knispel the President’s approval of federal disaster assistance for seven Mississippi counties is important.
The death toll from Monday's tornados has risen to 14 in Mississippi. Searchers, who had been combing an area in Louisville, found the body of 8 year-old Tyler Tucker yesterday afternoon. Tucker's body was found in a heavily wooded area, about 200 yards north of where his parents' bodies were found. Fatalities in Louisville alone stands at 10 while four others died elsewhere in Mississippi.
To date, 23 counties have reported a total of 1,200 homes destroyed or severely damaged, and nearly 2,500 homes suffering some kind of damage. More than 87 businesses in Mississippi are destroyed as a result of the tornadoes.
In this segment we hear from reporters Paul Boger and Sandra Knispel, and their conversations with several victims of Monday's storms.
When disaster strikes, Mississippians jump into action. Many volunteer to help neighbors, friends and others. Those who can't do that often give financially to disaster response efforts. But Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says it's important to make sure you're giving to reputable charities. Hosemann spoke with MPB's Ezra Wall.