Monday storm damages Lincoln County homes, injures Lawrence County man

Published 11:02 am Tuesday, May 14, 2024

BOGUE CHITTO — Strong winds and severe thunderstorms not only knocked out power to Lincoln County residents but also caused damage and flooding Monday morning. The Daily Leader received reports of damage in the southern part of Lincoln County and Lawrence County. 

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency confirmed three homes were damaged in Lincoln County and one man was injured in Lawrence County. 

One reader reported damage on Cole Drive staging that “Debris and trees are down.” Another stated their neighbors’ trampoline was blown into a cow field and shingles were blown off of their home.

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Lincoln County Supervisors reported extensive damage to hardwood trees following the storms. The National Weather Service in Jackson has not reported any plans for tornado surveys nor a strong wind summary Tuesday morning. We will provide updates when they do. 

MEMA reminds residents to report storm damage to the county/MEMA via the self-report tool.

Working electricity

Power is being restored to customers. Monday morning there were about 5,000 customers in Lincoln County without power. 

Reports from Entergy, Southwest Electric and Magnolia Electric cut those numbers dramatically by Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. Southwest Electric reports 46 customers in Lincoln County are without power, Entergy reports 4 customers are without power and Magnolia Electric reports 708 customers are without power. 

According to Southwest Electric, 120 customers were without power in Copiah County Tuesday morning. Magnolia Electric reports 170 customers in Lawrence County were without power Tuesday morning.

Downed trees

Trees were down on Shell Oil Lane, Rolling Meadows and Bogue Chitto Road according to reports from readers. The Daily Leader received an additional report of a tree falling onto a car on US51. 

A reader reported downed trees and structures in Jayess and Topeka in Lawrence County. It is too early for the National Weather Service to report if a tornado touched down there but we will provide updates if they do.

West Lincoln has downed tree limbs on Jackson Liberty according to a reader.There are reports of trees on vehicles including the truck of a reader on Topisaw Drive near Enterprise School.

Firemen rescue resident

At 4 a.m. Monday morning, Monticello Fire Department and Lawrence County Fire Service were dispatched to rescue a man entrapped in a home. A tree had crashed down on the residence.

The Monticello Fire Department released a statement about the incident Monday following severe storms which pushed through the area hitting Bogue Chitto, Jayess and Topeka hard. Fire units were sent to Robert Tynes Road to assist with multiple trees down and major storm damage. One tree fell on a home and pinned a man inside.

“Fire units and ambulance crews were able to get to him and make contact with him rather quickly to be able to start assessing the situation and providing care,” Monticello Fire Department stated. “It did take a little while to get equipment to the residence due to the amount of trees being down.”

After five hours, crews were able to successfully extricate the man and get him to a lifeguard ambulance where he was taken to Southwest Regional Mississippi Medical Center in McComb.

“Thank you to everyone that assisted with the extrication and with tree removal this morning,” Monticello Fire Department wrote.