- Associated Press - Sunday, December 27, 2015

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - Hundreds of volunteers helped Holly Springs homeowners clean up Sunday and get donated items to people whose homes were hit by last week’s tornado. Alderman-at-large Tim Liddy said.

The county emergency director and state workers were surveying damage to learn how many people are displaced long-term, he said.

Liddy said about 200 volunteers were putting tarps on roofs, moving belongings to storage and checking on farm livestock. “Today we’re going to crank up chainsaws and going to start cutting nad cleaning up debris in the yards,” he said.

Liddy said another 100 or so were collecting and distributing donated goods, and bringing meals to homeowners and volunteers.

The tornado hit north Mississippi on Wednesday. More than 400 homes were damaged, including about 250 that were destroyed or had major damage, said Greg Flynn, spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

He said the agency has requested preliminary assessments to see if Mississippi qualifies for federal disaster aid. “Those … are scheduled to start Monday afternoon, weather permitting,” he wrote in an email.

He says the death toll remains at 10, and nobody was missing.

Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency for all affected areas, letting local government ask for state help.

Some residents of Amory, nearly 80 miles southeast of Holly Springs were cleaning up after floods that swamped the town Friday.

Betty Caviness told WTVA-TV (https://bit.ly/1MC1yEW ) on Saturday that only one room of her house flooded, but it caused about $1,000 damage.

Water was receding, but Monroe County rivers were cresting and more rain was forecast in the coming week, Monroe County emergency manager Robert “Bunky” Goza said.

“It could be the first of the year before we could actually access some parts of Monroe County,” Goza said.

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