Speech to Text for Columbus continues storm recovery
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by a february tornado continue to clean up from the storm. wtva's ncole dantzler joins us live with what residents need to do to by next week to make sure the debris goes away. driving around in this area, i can already see neighbors putting their debris out towards the road... one of those neighbors told me she is relieved to get rid of the remaining debris,, here's why.. ." "i couldn't even get my car out for almost a week and without power for two weeks. we had stuff piled up like way up here." beverly smith- columbus resident 0:00-0:9:20 it's been a long, tumultuous journey to tornado recovery for some residents in lowndes county.. since the tornado hit on february 23, people like beverly smith have been doing everything they can to help out.. "she just got over having a heart attack and she can't walk anymore and so i do what i can and you know that's all anybody could do." beverly smith said she's cleaning up her mother's home and putting the last of the storm debris towards the road so the city can pick it up next week. because she and her mother do not have enough money to fix the home, beverly said they had no choice but to sell it. "it was rough because i mean well you couldn't cook, you couldn't do anything except pick up the debris." the city hired looks great services to pick up and haul away any debris left from the tornado and flooding this year. city administrators say all the affected areas are on the cleanup route, so there's no need to call for pickup. administrators also say the pickup is free but that's only if the debris is at the road. "it was heartbreaking you know to see you know people being down like they are." but beverly said she's relieved the rest of the storm debris will soon become a distant memory. this is part of the city's efforts to cleanup from the storm. again city administrators stress the need for residents to put the debris towards the road so it will be easier for crews to access it. live in columbus nicole dantzler wtva nine news. tupelo police