6 MONTHS LATER: COLUMBUS STILL REELING AFTER FEBRUARY TORNADO

Columbus

Reporting by WVUA 23’s Jordan Johnson

Friday marks six months since a deadly tornado hit Columbus, Mississippi.

The tornado damaged a high school, community centers and a church, but it also left many homes destroyed and families picking up the pieces of their lives.

Despite all the damage, the tornado resulted in just 11 injuries and one death.

While several businesses are reopening in Columbus, many more buildings and homes are still shells of their former selves.

“One of the problems we have seen here at Columbus is many of our residents were renters and some of them are home owners, but there was no insurance,” said Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency Director Cindy Lawrence. “(Residents and business owners) had no insurance, no homeowners insurance, so that is something we have been dealing a lot with here in the city of Columbus.”

Lawrence said the city formed a recovery committee, putting homeowners in touch with caseworkers who can help them determine the best path for repairing their homes.

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