April 29, 2010 11:44:00 AM
HAMILTON -- Monroe County officials are still working to determine whether Saturday''s storm system was from straight-line winds or from a tornado that caused damage in Hamilton.
Monroe County Sheriff Andy Hood said officials from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency were in Hamilton Wednesday to get an overview of the damage that occurred, and to make an assessment.
"They have not presented a final report on that. They are still investigating," Hood said.
Carla Ross said her mother Linda Pritchett lives on Garner Drive in Hamilton, and the Pritchett home received damage as a result of the storm.
"I think it was a tornado that came through Saturday," Ross said.
Ross submitted photos of the parts of the home that received the most significant damage.
"The back deck was destroyed, and a tree hit the roof, and a limb damaged a bedroom that Mom uses as a closet. We will probably have to take the clothes to the cleaners to have them cleaned," she said.
The other significant damage was to a shed that was used to house 18-wheelers. My dad, when he was alive, drove 18-wheelers. It was completely damaged," she said.
Now that the limbs and other debris have been cleaned up, it is now time for repair work to begin on house roofs, carports and other areas affected by storm damage.
Hood said the greatest concentration of damage was along Hamilton Road, Garner Drive and Grubb Springs Road.
"Those were the two areas where the most damage occurred from fallen trees. Otherwise, it''s just scattered limbs, leaves and other debris that people are cleaning up," he said.
Jerry Burrus commented at 4/29/2010 8:22:00 PM:
My brothers home was damaged in Hamilton, He told me that he saw the tornado form in his back yard and then ran inside to get his family in the bathroom! My brother isnt onr to make stuff up.
Daughter commented at 4/30/2010 9:40:00 AM:
My mother lives in Hamilton and her neighbor said he saw the tornado as well. No straight line winds could do that much damage. This is just like the same mistake Columbus made a few years back when they claimed all the damage on Hwy 50 was straight line winds. Several people, including myself, saw that tornado!
Becky Jenkins commented at 5/3/2010 2:18:00 PM:
Yes, the tornado did $6000.00 to my home and property. Insurance will not cover it all and so far we are not considered a national disaster. Why has the media not been to Hamilton. I live on Bishop Drive and the damage is severe and yet no one seems to care about us. Drive down Grubbs Spring Road and take a look. How are we as single women going to get all this debrew cleaned up and no help form
near by communites. With the money I receive it will not be enough to repair and clean up my property. Someone stoled a storage building out of my yard that was damaged by the storm. What person would do that ? Where are all the people to help us clean and repair?
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