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Update on Tupelo, Lee County tornado recovery

Cleanup in the Joyner area of Tupelo Friday just days after a tornado. (Craig Ford, WTVA)
Cleanup in the Joyner area of Tupelo Friday just days after a tornado. (Craig Ford, WTVA)
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Updated: 5/05 4:03 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Officials in Tupelo and Lee County provided an update Sunday concerning tornado recovery:

The City of Tupelo and Lee County have announced plans for the coming week to provide resources for those affected by last week’s tornado.  Those resources include:
  • The Red Cross shelter at the BancorpSouth Arena will remain open Sunday and Monday night. On Saturday, the Red Cross had 26 registered. Red Cross workers are in the community conducting evaluations for assistance. On Sunday a Federal Emergency Management Agency worker arrived on site to try to help relocate families in the shelter. The Red Cross continues to feed people at the arena and in the community.
  • The United Way is searching for a semi-permanent location for the volunteer registration center. Until then, it will continue to be the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau, 399 W. Main St, Tupelo, and will be opened each weekday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. No satellite locations will be open for volunteer registration during the week. For more information, call Melinda Tidwell at (662) 213-3397.
  • The Salvation Army continues to feed approximately 1,000 people each day. Food, clothing and hygiene supplies are available at 527 Carnation St., Tupelo. The Salvation Army also has a representative on site at the Disaster Recovery Center at 320 Court St., Tupelo, for requests and then are sending those requests to the Carnation Street location. The Salvation Army will have a representative at the DRC until they are no longer needed.
  • The Resource Center will now serve as the single donation site for the Tupelo/Lee County relief effort. It is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, is located in the Lanier Building at 1031 South Green Street, Tupelo, MS 38804. Donations can be coordinated through the donation hotline 662-871-2819. Individuals in need of supplies may also call 662-871-2819.
  • North Green Street and Lakeshire Drive are open to through traffic. Comcast and AT&T have crews stringing lines on North Gloster Street, so expect one lane of traffic from McCullough Boulevard to the Highway 78 overpass.
  • The Tupelo Fire Department will begin going into affected areas on Monday and clearing debris from around hydrants.
  • Workers will be in the affected areas picking up debris and replacing stop signs, which are a priority. Workers with Tupelo Parks & Recreation will be cleaning up and documenting damage at Ballard Park, City Park and Bel-Air.
  • Development Services will respond to requests as need for inspections and to offer support as needed. The BancorpSouth arena will continue to provide shelter space as needed or requested by the Red Cross. The CVB will work with United Way to provide a volunteer resource center until the agency finds a semi-permanent space; CVB will conduct normal business operations.
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