Support strong as fire victims try to recover

By REGGIE ROSS
Staff Writer

Families are still recovering from a July fire that destroyed a portion of the Dogwood Park Apartments on Perry Road.
Eleven families lost their homes in the July 23 fire that destroyed two units of the complex.
Trebia Rodgers, director of Grenada County Emergency Management Agency said, the outpouring of support from the community has been historic.
“This was an outstanding job by the community, and the largest show of support since Hurricane Katrina,” Rodgers said. “I remember when that happened in 2005. I thought that the community giving was monumental, well what the community has done to help these folks exceeded that by a lot.”
On the morning of the fire, Rodgers called the Northwest Mississippi Chapter of the Red Cross in to assist the families affected. That Red Cross chapter services Grenada County and surrounding areas including Yalobusha, Carroll, Montgomery and others west of Grenada in the Delta.
“I knew calling them in was the most important thing at that time,” Rodgers said. “The Red Cross was called in while the fire was happening, and immediately the Lewis Johnson Senior Citizens Complex was opened for shelter.”
Since the fire, the Red Cross provided hotel rooms for the families for up to three days. According to Rodgers the Red Cross is allowed to pay for 10 hotel rooms, but following the fire they only needed seven.
First dibs for
back to school drive
The City of Grenada held a back to school give-a-way in collaboration with Waste-Pro and victims of the fire were given a chance to get needs for the upcoming school year.
For more information about how to help, contact the Office of Community Service at 229-9936.

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