Twelfth tornado victim receives new home

Twelfth tornado victim receives new home
Margie Crudup is the twelfth tornado victim to move back into her home after the Jan. 2017 tornado that destroyed parts of Hattiesburg. (Photo Source: WDAM)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - After losing her home in a tornado that touched down in 2017, Margie Crudup is rebuilding her life with the help of Mennonite Disaster Service, R3SM and the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation.

"It's a great pleasure to have this moment right now to say that I have a home to live in," she said. "It's a blessing."

A dedication ceremony was hosted Friday where Crudup received keys to her brand new home. The two bedroom and one bath home sits in the 200 block of Dossett Avenue where a deadly tornado ripped through the area killing four people on Jan. 21, 2017.

"When the storm started I just said, 'I didn't think I was going to get (my) house back'," Crudup said. "But, I thank God for letting me get (my) house back and somewhere to live. It's a blessing. I just thank God for the house."

During the dedication, volunteers presented Crudup with a Bible, a cross and other gifts. More than 20 homes are expected to be built for victims of the tornado.

The next date for the thirteenth home dedication has not been released.