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Volunteers chip in across DeSoto County in aftermath of two destructive tornadoes

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – Strangers are helping neighbors and those living in north Mississippi communities, two days after two tornadoes ...

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – Strangers are helping neighbors and those living in north Mississippi communities, two days after two tornadoes barreled through DeSoto County.

According to Mississippi leaders, Saturday morning’s EF-1and EF-2 – with winds up to 120 miles per hour damaged more than 200 homes andmobile homes, destroying 15 and causing major damage to 57 others.

Two people were also injured – but not seriously – in thestorms, which primarily affected the Love community south of Hernando, MS andthe Olive Branch, MS community of Lewisburg.

Volunteers spent the day offering help and providing forthose in need.

A Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief team providedassistance with bulldozers and chainsaws on Bethel Road, as they rolled inMonday morning and went right to work.

“People in need,” Harry Floate said.

That’s why Floate and other volunteers said they answeredthe call.

“We’ve got good Christian people that take care of thepeople in the community,” Floate said.

The storms Saturday blew over trees, toppled sheds, and lefta mess behind, which is why families receiving the volunteer help were sothankful.

“Knowing that we’ve got help, got someone to help takecare of my mother-in-law, it’s means a lot,” Shanna Redwine said.

That gratitude is evident across Desoto County communities,including Lewisburg near Olive Branch. That’s where the tornado destroyedstructures, turned over trailers, and flung debris into trees.

“Something about disasters just brings people closetogether and it’s just been fantastic,” Desoto County Emergency ManagementDeputy Director Josh Harper said. “We’ve been just inundated with donations.”

Monday, those at OB Pizza Company dropped off pies, anAmerican Red Cross team provided supplies, and staff at the Hampton Inn inHernando welcomed 40 affected families at discounted rates – including QuincyRandle’s. Randle and his son took shelter in a ditch as the storm blew over himon Robertson Gin Road Saturday morning.

“It is unbelievable,” Randle said. “It really makes aperson realize what a hometown is really all about.”