Shelters for those those whose homes were damaged or lost in the storm.have been designated at the Petal Civic Center, and the Forest Community Center.
Many volunteer efforts have been halted until tomorrow due to closed roads, but roads continue to open back up as crews clean up the mess. For now officials are asking people to stay clear of roadways. They are also asking people to stay away from power lines and avoid lighting candles and cigarettes because of residential gas leaks.
At University of Southern Mississippi’s campus Vice President Joe Paul confirms that no one was hurt and most of the buildings are fine with the exception of the Jazz Station, Mannoni Performing Arts Center, Ogletree Alumni House, and Elam Arms. Over 500 students were at the residents halls but most students were gone because of the Mardi Gras holiday. Classes at the college were not scheduled to resume until Wednesday.
Preliminary damage assessment teams currently are working with the affected counties to find out just how much damage was done and officials are making sure everyone is accounted for as rain continues.