Meridian Star

New Today

April 12, 2013

Storm damage assessments continue in Miss.

(Continued)

SHUQUALAK, Miss. — Trees crashed into the back of her one-story brick home, breaking windows and knocking out a back door. The bathroom where they took shelter was not damaged.

Several large trees were knocked down in front and back of her house and power lines snaked across her yard.

Coleman said she would have to stay in a hotel or some other place with electricity so she could have her dialysis treatment.

Cindy Moore, 56, was at her parents' house while her sister and niece were in a small apartment nearby when she looked up and saw debris flying through the air. She huddled with her parents in a center room of their house until the storm passed.

When she looked out the window, Moore said she saw that the concrete block building where her sister and niece were was flattened. Part of the roof hung in trees across the street and their belongings — clothes and furniture — were scattered through the yard and settled among tree limbs and other debris.

She worried that her sister and niece had been killed.

"I went running over there and I saw my niece's head pop up. She was standing up. I couldn't believe they were alive," Moore said. "It was God's hands. That's all it was. God's hands wrapped around them."

Both women were taken to the hospital and treated for cuts and bruises, but suffered no life-threatening injuries.

Charlie Higginbotham, 90, Moore's father, walked slowly around the destroyed structure, with his hands clasped behind his back as his children and grandchildren sifted through the debris trying to salvage anything they could.

The family got especially excited at one point when they found a family member's baby book.

"I don't know how they got out of there without getting hurt worse, but somehow they did," Higginbotham said.

Text Only
New Today
Biz Marquee
New Today
Poll

Do you think the city of Meridian should have tried harder to find funding to repair the dam at Long Creek Reservoir before deciding to drain the lake?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide