High Tornado Tab Expected

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The price tag for this past week's tornadoes in Lafayette County will be costly. Lafayette County officials say they expect losses to run into the tens of millions of dollars.

The president of the Lafayette County board of supervisors, Lloyd Oliphant, says the most recent figures he had seen estimated $25 million to $30 million in damages. He says those figures may change as more information becomes available.

The emergency management and homeland security coordinator for the county and the city of Oxford, Jimmy Allgood, says 67 structures sustained damage. Eleven houses and five mobile homes were destroyed. He said nine commercial buildings, including the Caterpillar plant, were destroyed.

Sen. Roger Wicker toured the area hit by the stronger tornado Sunday with Allgood, Oliphant and other county officials.

While a number of people who lost their homes are living with neighbors, Wicker says rental assistance will be available. No one was killed in Mississippi from the storm system that claimed nearly 60 lives across the south.

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