Parts of Leakesville in ruins, one dead, workers arrive to help

LEAKESVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Residents and aid workers are busy Monday in Leakesville picking up the pieces after a powerful tornado ripped through the heart of the town Friday night destroying several homes and businesses and cutting off power to the entire town.

MEMA, FEMA, The Red Cross and other organizations are in the town assessing damage and offering assistance. A shelter harboring one family will be closed Monday afternoon as the family has been placed.

Electrical workers are still busy working to restore power.

Leakesville, population 1,026 with 390 households, is the county seat of Greene County. An EF-4 tornado touched down there around 7:40 p.m. Friday.

A 54-year-old Leakesville woman was killed and six others suffered injuries. Twenty-three homes were destroyed and another 84 structures suffered major or minor damage. Power lines along Highway 57 leading into the town were knocked down cutting off power to the entire town.

Crews are still working to get power to the town, but no estimate has been given on how long it will take.

"All the people are accounted for at this point. We don't have anybody missing. We don't look for the injury or death number to go up. We do look for the number of homes to possibly increase over the next day or two," said Trent Robertson, Greene County EOC Director.