Recovery Slow But Ongoing After April 28th TornadoBy Paul Boger | Published 20 May 2014 08:00am |
Recovery efforts are still ongoing in those areas of Mississippi affected by the April 28th tornadoes, and for many, life is slowly returning to normal. In Louisville -- one of the communities hardest hit by the storm -- officials have completed construction on a new, temporary hospital to replace the area's medical center that was badly damaged during the storm. MPB's Paul Boger reports.
Walking through what's left of a lumberyard on the outskirts of town, Governor Phil Bryant and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate inspected the damaged areas of Louisville, yesterday. Among the area's badly damaged and destroyed structures was the county's only medical center. Governor Phil Bryant says when he first saw the hospital it was shocking.
"This was a science fiction scene." said Bryant. "It looked like total destruction; as if it was the end of civilization as we know it. In this particular area I didn't think anything could have survived."
However, over the past three weeks the area has been making progress. Now, a temporary hospital sits on what used to be a debris field. The hospital includes a five-bed emergency department, a 10-bed in-patient care module, as well as an X-ray unit, inpatient pharmacy, and clinical lab. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate says installing a temporary medical center is just the first step in rebuilding Louisville.
"You look around and the scars, they're not going to go away any time soon." said Fugate. "And even though you see some progress we're going to be here to work with the Governor, to work with the mayor, to work with the community to rebuild. It's not going to be easy, but we know that we can work together and bring this community back."
Terry Triplett's home was damaged beyond repair during the storm. While he admits the last few weeks have been difficult, he says things are starting to look up.
"Everything is going good." Triplett said. "We're going to recover. That's a blessing. With the help of all of the resources that are available we're going to do it with much ease."
The April 28th tornadoes killed 14 people statewide, 10 of which died in Winston County.
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