Thanks to grants being offered by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Lafayette County residents can get up to $4,000 to help build a safe room or storm shelter at their home. (June 6, 2011, Page 2)
The storms on April 27 — one month ago today — destroyed 18 homes and damaged hundreds of other homes and businesses around the county. The neighborhoods of Pine Flat, Yocona and north Oxford are rebuilding as the community joins together to help form a new long-term recovery group. (May 27, 2011, Page 1A, 8A)
Lafayette County has brought in two large grinders to help turn the tons of fallen trees, limbs and brush into tons of mulch. Homeowners can leave the debris at the curb in the storm-riddled areas and crews will pick it up and bring it to the Lafayette County Industrial Park where the grinders are located. (May 10, 2011, Page 1)
Around 70 to 80 people gathered at Pine Flat United Methodist Church Wednesday night to take part in a community meeting dealing with recovery efforts from the EF-3 tornado and straight-line winds that struck Lafayette County on April 27. Officials discussed ways to contact and file claims with FEMA officials, as well as ways to handle debris left by the violent storm. (May 5, 2011, Page 1)
More help is on its way for the victims of the tornado that ripped through Pine Flat last week. A public meeting at Pine Flat United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. Wednesday will have information on what help might be available through federal and state emergency management agencies and a free concert will be held at 6 p.m. in front of Oxford City Hall. Organizers are asking for donations of water, diapers, canned foods and cash for tornado victims. (May 3, 2011, Page 1)
An F3 tornado tore a destructive path through Lafayette County on Wednesday with straight line winds damaging the community earlier that day, according to the National Weather Service. (May 3, 2011, Page 1)
With Lafayette County now a federal disaster area, more help is on the way. For those impacted, call 1-800-621-FEMA. (May 2, 2011, Page 1A)
Pine Flat Community began recovery efforts on Thursday while most of the community remained in shock over the damages to the area. Volunteers came to help begin putting together the pieces of their lives. (April 29, 2011, Page 1A)
After a day filled with storms and tornado warnings, students in Lafayette County School District will be learning what to do in case of another type of natural disaster Thursday morning.
At 10:15 a.m., students will be practicing the “Drop, Cover and Hold On,” in case of an earthquake during the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut.
Oxford School District announced at 12:50 p.m. that they will be keeping the students until the threat of storms is past. There will be no early release.