Jasper County residents assess damage after tornado

LOUIN, MS (WDAM) - Jasper County residents in the Louin and Rose Hill communities continue to assess the damage and clean up after Wednesday night's tornado, which left 2 people dead and dozens of homes damaged or destroyed.

Billy and Gerry Grayson were among those who lost their home and many of their belongings during the storm. Saturday, volunteers from around the area were helping them clean up.

Nearby at the Louin fire station, other volunteers were handing out food, water and other necessities to those who needed them.

"We are doing wonderful, from the neighbors, the community, Laurel, Ellisville, we could not ask for anything," said Gerry Grayson.

"Anytime we can help victims, show God's love, it's amazing, so anything we can do to help," said Brandi Turner, a volunteer from Laurel.

"We had 48 homes either damaged or destroyed," said Mike Lucas, director of Jasper County Emergency Management. "We had 6 chicken houses (destroyed) and of course, 2 fatalities," Lucas said.

Those fatalities were two Louin residents, Michael and Beverly Maily, who were killed when their mobile home was destroyed by the tornado.

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