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Mississippi Community Rallies After Tornado

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 30 Nov 2010 09:42am | comments
Susanne Cartwright-Guion and her dad pose in front of an upside Christmas tree that hangs in the window of her store.

Family and friends in Yazoo City come together to help a business owner save her store, after it was badly damaged by a tornado. This is the second tornado to hit the city this year. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that victims of the first tornado are helping the new victims recover.

The tornado tore right through downtown Yazoo City Monday night , blowing out all the windows, and tearing the roof off Grace Hardware Store. Tuesday morning heavy rain was still soaking all the goods inside.

Store owner Susanne Cartwright-Guion is having a hard time dealing with her losses.

"Well, my babies were with...I really can't talk about it (reporter: it’s ok. I'm sorry) I just haven't talked about it yet. I'm sorry," Cartwright-Guion said tearfully.

By Tuesday morning, she and her friends were moving furniture into other stores as rain continued to pour through the open roof. People were moving the furniture by truck, wheel cart or by hand to get it somewhere dry. Cartwright-Guion says every piece is valuable.

"That's why all these good folks are out here to help me move. Because I don't have insurance, the more I can save, the better off I am," Cartwright-Guion said.

Joanne Adams opened her two buildings, an office building and a restaurant called the Smoke House, to save the soggy furniture. Adams knows the pain of a tornado...she is still rebuilding her home that was demolished in the deadly April tornado this year.

"You know, you just have to...when you been through something like I have been through, you just want to help everybody," Adams said.

All over town people are cleaning up storm damaged homes and yards and starting the recovery process. Cartwright-Guion couldn't begin to guess what the damage to her uninsured building is, but she estimates that the roof alone will cost 40-thousand dollars.

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Susanne Cartwright-Guion and her dad pose in front of an upside Christmas tree that hangs in the window of her store.


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