Rebuilding homes impacted by the Meridian tornado in April

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - There are 25 homes in Meridian that are in desperate need of repair caused by that tornado in April. An EF-2 tornado tore through Meridian with winds estimated at 115 mph on

April 14th. The tornado did significant damage to over 200 homes and businesses. The Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors organized a long-term disaster recovery called Partners in Recovery.

"Partners in Recovery was formed to help these homes and individuals recover and we have about 25 homes that are needing repair right now. Most of these are elderly people that are on limited income and need our assistance to help recover from this tornado," said Kim Waters who is with Partners in Recovery.

Westwood Baptist Church volunteered today to work on the first house of the project. The volunteers helped with painting and general clean-up for the damaged home.

"I asked my church Westwood Baptist Church if they would come in and help us out. This is one of our first houses so it's kind of a learning experience right now. We are just doing whatever we can to help the homeowner," said Justin Branstetter treasurer of Partners in Recovery.

Although Partners in Recovery have been able to get supplies with the funds MEMA has given the group still needs the communities help.

Contributions can be made at the Community Foundation of East Mississippi or Wesley House Community Center.