Two homes rebuilt after Meridian tornado dedicated Friday

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Flora Clayton was with her grandkids when a tornado tore through their home last April. They survived by seeking shelter in the bathtub, but the rest of her home was almost a total loss.

“Trees fell on the back, broke the windows out on the back and tore half of the back down. It was just terrible,” Clayton says. “The whole roof came off on one side, on one side of the house and [onto] the ground.”

A group based out of Pennsylvania called the Mennonite Disaster Service responded to help rebuild. The Mennonites and Partners in Recovery dedicated Clayton’s home, along with another one Friday morning.

Clayton, who has been staying with her daughter, had just a few words going through her mind when she was presented with her rebuilt home.

“I was saying ‘oh Lord Jesus, have mercy. What is heaven? What is heaven?” Clayton thought.

Clayton says she is absolutely in love with the renovations done to her home.

“In the inside, it’s beautiful, it’s so beautiful I just don’t know how to act,” Clayton exclaims. “It just made me happy. They did a wonderful job. Wonderful job!”

Both homeowners were also given a new Bible as part of the dedication.

“I love it. I love the bible and I’m going to read it, and I thank them for the bible, and the good Lord,” Clayton says. “Yes, without the Lord, it would have been nothing.”

Volunteers are still needed across our area to help paint, sheetrock, and perform other carpentry work.

If you would like to help, you may call 601-696-3035 and leave a voicemail.