- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The city of Tupelo hopes to get a $763,000 grant through the Natural Resources Conservation Service to complete the cleanup that began nearly 10 months ago after a spring tornado.

The work will include removing trees and other storm debris from ditches, streams and creeks.

After the April 28, 2014, storm, the bulk of cleanup focused on roads and residential areas. Unless debris blocked a drainage channel, it was left in place.

Tupelo Public Works Director Chuck Williams tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/1KNdSUO ) that once the money is approved, the project is expected to take 120 days.

Williams says the city can outsource the cleanup to Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District.

Similar grants are in the works for tornado-affected areas in Lee and Itawamba counties.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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