MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – A day after high winds, rain and debris swept through parts of the Mississippi Delta, leaving at least 25 people dead along its 100-mile path of destruction, several Mid-South rescue crews set out to respond Friday. night storm
“Everything west and east of US 61 South that goes through Rolling Fork, I mean the commercial part of town is a total loss,” said Stanley Linom, Coahoma County Fire Department Chief and Fire Coordinator.
On Saturday afternoon, a group of more than a dozen volunteers from Coahoma County Search and Rescue, the Fire Department and the Viking Motorcycle Club traveled more than 100 miles from Clarksdale to the devastated East County.
“From the highway you could see several destroyed houses. Some had the roof open. Power lines, I’m sure every power line on the side of that highway was on the ground,” Lynom said.
Between assistance from state resources and FEMA, volunteers from the Coahoma Fire Department are providing water and aid to disaster victims and helping out wherever they can.
“I think we need more food. I think food and temporary shelter,” Linom said.
There’s no timeline on when Coahoma County crews plan to stay there and help, but a Mississippi state task force will assist with rescue efforts throughout the week.
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