Hattiesburg search and rescue team returns from Yazoo City

By Kevin Wheeler - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - There are so many stories to tell from Saturday's deadly tornados that struck parts of Mississippi. There are stories of tragedy, stories of those finding loves, and stories of the recovery efforts.

The Hattiesburg Fire Department sent 27 firefighters to Yazoo City to help with recovery efforts after the Tornado touched down.

"Trees were everywhere, power lines were down everywhere, and there were a lot of demolished homes," said firefighter Brian Duncan.

"You had to do your searches and walk a lot and check on people to make sure that they had ways to get out," said Engineer Scott Craft.

They focused their mission on searching and making sure that people were not injured.

"I wish there would've been more that we could do, but everybody gets assigned certain missions and things on those deals," said Craft.

Captain Kirk Wigley said the scene was sad to see. He said the team was all glad to step in and help.

"It was kind of depressing at times because you're seeing people on their worst day, but it is a very rewarding job because you are able to help people," Wigley said.

The tornado left a long path of destruction and the road to recovery is a long one. Rescue workers and volunteers are working around the clock to bring Yazoo City back to life.

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