Cleanup underway after Meridian tornado

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The cleanup has begun after Saturday's EF-2 tornado came through the city.

The neighborhoods around Grandview Avenue sustained a lot of damage after an EF-2 tornado came through. Some places are much worse than others with many people losing their homes. Some of the homes went unscathed.

Several emergency management agencies were teamed up going door to door assessing the amount of damage done. Mississippi Emergency Management crews were out to determine the amount of assistance needed.

"Our road crews are working hand-in-hand with Mississippi Power to ensure these areas get cleaned up, so we can make things happen effectively. We are hoping to get streets open and hopefully get things close to normal as possible,” says Public Safety and Training Director, Doug Stephens.

Near 10th avenue, the chainsaws were going as families helped get their lives back to normal. Several homes in that area are unlivable. One family is thankful their loved one was not in a bedroom that had a tree crash into it Saturday morning.

"She saw the wind picking up and the debris coming. She got up to close her door. By the time she did, that's when she heard the crash here and in the kitchen,” says family member Christina Bell.

Bell says someone normally stays in the room that was hit by the tree.

The city of Meridian wants those who received damage from Saturdays tornado to call 601-485-1944 during the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.