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Our Southern Souls: “You can see everything now, but there isn’t much left to see”



(Our Southern Souls)

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“It felt weird outside, and the sirens went off. I ran into the room and got my kids to a safe place. My son is terrified of storms, and this has been really hard on him. A beam came through my room and knocked down the wall. That beam and a tree demolished our roof.

After the tornado passed, I heard my neighbor’s son hollering for help, saying ‘my mom and dad are down.’ My neighbor didn’t make it; his wife is in surgery now. Rob, was my homeboy, and there was nothing I could do to help him. We couldn’t even carry him out of the house. Traffic backed up, and it took the ambulance over an hour to arrive. Rob was the neighborhood good guy and everybody loved him. He will have a big funeral.

The tornado blew away my shed and almost everything in it, but my grandma’s old trunk is in the same spot. She brought my brother and me to her house in Silver City and cared for us. She passed, and we kept the house and the memories of her. It’s going to take a lot to get back into that house.

The older people say a tornado like this hasn’t happened in 60 years, but this one destroyed the community. There used to be so many trees that you couldn’t see old town Silver City unless you paid attention. You can see everything now, but there isn’t much left to see.

Body-wise, I am good. But I am hurting inside. I don’t know how long it will take us to recover.”



On Friday night, a tornado plowed through Mississippi, destroying much of Rolling Fork and Silver City. These small Delta towns are 30 miles north of my hometown of Yazoo City, and I often drive through this area when I go home. I went to Silver City on Saturday to help share their stories.

Here are two ways to help residents of Silver City:

Donate to the GoFundMe set up by Camille Rogers, an Alderman in Silver City

Send a donation to the fund for Silver City set up at Guaranty Bank in Belzoni.
Silver City Relief Fund
Guaranty Bank
P.O. Box 657
Belzoni, MS 39038-0657

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