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Community rallies for Louisville relief

May 1, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Monday’s storms in Northeast Mississippi caused major destruction in towns like Louisville and Tupelo, and while Clay County was spared from the dangerous weather, residents of the county are looking to lend a helping hand to their surrounding communities.
“We’re still in help mode,” West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said. “I’ve let Columbus know they can borrow two of our public works trucks if they need them, and we’ve still got a crew from the electrical service in Tupelo.”
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott took a group state inmates to Louisville Monday night after the storms had passed to aid in search and rescue.
“I sent two deputies on Wednesday to help secure the area and assist in crowd control,” Scott said. “A group of inmates will be going back on Thursday to help.”
Back on the home front, agencies in West Point will be collecting donations for for the victims in Winston County.
Lyon Insurance Agency President Gil Lyon will have his three of his business’ trucks and trailers taking donations for United Way from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday in front of Lyon Insurance at 325 Commerce St. in West Point. The trucks will then take the donations to Louisville.
“The residents of Clay County did this for Smithville when they experienced a tornado in 2011,” Lyon said. “Clay County and West Point were blessed to be skipped over by the bad weather.”

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