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WP dodges storm, provides aid

April 30, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Storms ripped through Northeast Mississippi Monday evening, causing major destruction in areas such as Tupelo and Louisville. West Point and Clay County were spared the majority of the storm cell’s onslaught, but city and county agencies have been working to lend a helping hand to affected areas.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said the county was blessed to dodge the majority of the storm’s impact.
“It was storm cell after storm cell that came through,” Scott said. “It all passed to the north and south of us, though we did have a lot of debris and rain.”
Scott said he had deputies strategically placed throughout the county to keep an eye out for a tornado on the ground, but he said the sheriff’s department didn’t receive any damage reports other than a tree down in the county.
Scott said that as soon as Clay County was in the clear he started checking on sheriffs from other counties. He took five state inmates to Louisville to aid in search and rescue.
“It was unbelievable down there,” Scott said. “You had trailer parks that are just a pile of metal now.”
Scott said he stayed in Louisville most of the night and sent another crew down to aid this morning.
West Point Fire Chief Johnny Littlefield said that two of the county's tornado sirens malfunctioned during Monday’s tornado warning.
“The one in Pheba stopped working and the backup power kicked in,” Littlefield said. “The other one on West Churchill stopped working and I sent a truck down there and it blew its siren for about an hour.”

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