Saturday marked six months since an EF4 tornado tore through the Hattiesburg area, and volunteers from around the country still are pitching in to help repair and rebuild homes.
Restore, Rebuild, Recover South Mississippi, also known as R3SM, is a long-term recovery agency created by the United Way of Southeast Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.
The agency has teamed with Volunteer Hattiesburg to coordinate the rebuilding work for residents in need.
By early August, according to the agency, nearly 1,700 people had volunteered for a total of 17,316 hours.
Volunteer coordinator, Alex Corban, said groups have volunteered to help from as far away as Pennsylvania and Colorado.