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2010 in Yazoo City - a Year Where Mother Nature Took the Leading Role

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 29 Dec 2010 02:15pm | comments
After nearly 9 months of chaos, Yazoo City is slowly starting to recover from 2010's deadly storms.

Mother nature took the lead role across many Mississippi counties this year leaving paths of destruction from tornadoes and floods. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports how Yazoo City continues to rise from the debris from the storms of 2010.

It's been nearly nine months since a series of twisters and floods sliced through northeast Mississippi destroying hundreds of homes, scores of businesses and killing more than a dozen people. Fortunately Billy Manasco of Yazoo City survived the chaos but not the ruins.

"I had a two story home it took the whole second floor off of it and I lost my business, there wasn't but one little part of it standing, the rest of it was gone."

With assistance from state and federal emergency management agencies, Manasco says he has been able to settle into a new cottage and is slowly trying to re-establish his 25 year old auto body shop. But he says many of his friends and neighbors still haven't returned.

"They said that being this storm come through here and took it like that they just decided they was gonna move away and didn't wanna be in this storm alley. And I just said it was you know mother nature and there’s nothing you can do with it. It's liable to hit anywhere you go.

About 500 yards up the road past storm bent trees and gutted out houses Billy Thompson now stands in front of his newly built home designed with a safe room that's meant to be storm ready.

"It's ah, 8 inches of concrete in the side walls with steel rebar in it. Steel door, you have 12 inches of concrete and steel over head with an air vent. It should withstand wind 350 miles an hour. And ah, it's just a peace of mind I guess to have it there."

Including Yazoo at least 15 other counties and communities throughout Mississippi suffered severe damage from floods and tornadoes this spring. Many of them, especially in poor areas like Holmes County are still not able to rebuild because they did not have insurance or did not qualify for government loans. Lawayne Childrey MPB News.

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After nearly 9 months of chaos, Yazoo City is slowly starting to recover from 2010's deadly storms.


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