Tornado in the United States: a town in Mississippi mourns the dead and shattered lives | American News

When a tornado swept through the town of Rolling Fork in Mississippi, it left Jermaine Wells stuck under a huge tractor tire.

At the southwest end of town is Seventh Street, and at the end of the road, surrounded on two sides by fields of farmland, is Jermaine and Chandra’s house.

It was the first house in this town to be hit when the tornado passed through Friday night.

Jermaine was stuck under the tire as the wind sent his car flying overhead.

I meet them in the rubble that remains. They came back to salvage what they could.

“I’m coming for anything I can, clothes, anything I can salvage,” Jermaine tells me.

“It has become a disaster and a struggle. We don’t know what we are going to have.

“We can’t pay anyone to clean this up. We just need help.”

Knowing what to do next is a problem reproduced throughout Seventh Street.

Every house here has been almost or completely destroyed.

It is one of the poorest areas of the poorest state in the United States.

For many, it is now a matter of survival.

But many consider it an enigma they are lucky to have.

Jermaine stands inside what remains of his home
Every house was almost or completely destroyed
Every house was almost or completely destroyed

On the other side of the street, we meet David.

Her parents were killed in their home when an 18-wheeler truck landed through their roof.

Too upset to talk on camera, David describes them to me.

His mother Melissa Pierce was “the nicest woman you could ever meet” and his father Lonnie “was the best thing that ever happened to him”.

David says his loving parents “raised good children and adored their grandchildren”.

Melissa and Lonnie Pierce
Melissa and Lonnie Pierce
The truck that killed Lonnie and Melissa Pierce
The truck that killed Lonnie and Melissa Pierce

Kate Sisney, who lived opposite the retired grandparents for 18 years, says: “I will miss them very much. I’m glad they went together because one couldn’t have survived without them. ‘other.”

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Kate Sisney's house was destroyed
Kate Sisney’s house was destroyed

The plight of the people of Seventh Street is reflected throughout the city as it mourns the dead and mourns shattered lives.

The truck that killed Lonnie and Melissa remains where it fell.

It is a heartbreaking reminder of the long road to recovery faced by the residents of Rolling Fork and the loss of those left behind.

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