Power restored to 80% of residents in Leakesville...Clean-up continues

LEAKESVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Clean-up continues Sunday as Leakesville residents attempt to recover from Friday nights powerful tornado that devastated much of the town.

Greene County Emergency Management Director Trent Richardson says power has been restored to 80% of the town as of Sunday morning.

Several people still remain in the Red Cross shelter.

More than 100 homes and several businesses were destroyed or damaged in the tornado.

An unidentified 54 year old Leakesville woman was killed and six others suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Officials from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and Greene County Emergency Management are back out Sunday to continue to assess the extent of the damage. Based on the initial figures from the damage assessments by MEMA and local officials, Governor Haley Barbour has requested the federal government send in Individual Assistance Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment Teams from FEMA.

The Mississippi Chapter of the American Red Cross remains to provide support for those affected by the tragedy.

Richardson says more volunteers are arriving to assist with the clean-up.

Greene County Schools will be open Monday at their usual times. All students, faculty, and staff affected by the storm will be excused.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

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