Pine Belt still recovering after a month since tornado hit

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - It's been exactly one month since the EF4 February 10 tornado ripped through the Pine Belt.

Although many residents lost their homes in the storm, neighborhoods are abandoned, and it will be months, maybe even years until some can return, after a month, residents have noticed improvements.

While areas in Oak Grove, Lamar Park, Hattiesburg, and Petal are still terribly damaged, and some still remain without power, thanks to the help of many volunteers the Pine Belt is slowly recovering.

There's still much more work to be done, but Mayor of Hattiesburg, Johnny Dupree, believes progress has been made within the month.

"I think we've made significant progress in especially getting the debris off the streets and getting people power," said Dupree. "I think at this point we've made significant progress in getting back to some normalcy. We still have some challenges that we still have to contend with, but you know, because of the volunteers, and because of the county, Forrest County and the workers, City of Hattiesburg, and all the other government agencies from around our areas and volunteers, we've made significant progress."

Dupree suggests those who have not signed up for assistance, go to the Ben McNair Center and register.

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