Drew without water and power as storm leaves path of destruction in Sunflower County

By FROM STAFF REPORTS,

The massive severe weather system that slammed the Southeastern United States on late Friday and Saturday certainly left its mark on the northern part of Sunflower County.

The biggest threat came from the straight line winds that pulled the storm across the region at more than 60 miles per hour at times. A tornado warning, however, that was issued for central and northern Sunflower County just before 4 a.m. on Saturday, might have contributed to some of the damage in the area.

Rotation was confirmed on radar, but it is still not confirmed whether a twister was responsible for the destruction of a couple of mobile homes in the Drew area. Damage in the area was consistent with straight line winds or a tornado.

Injuries were reported at both properties after the storm.

The most severe part of the system crossed over the area early Saturday morning – the storm affected the northern Sunflower County towns of Ruleville, Drew, Parchman and Rome - and left several structures damaged, multiple people injured and dozens of light poles down.

Many from the town of Sunflower to the most northern part of the county are without power, and in the town of Drew, the post-storm problems have been compounded by the fact that the water has been completely off since at least Saturday afternoon.

Citizens who spoke with The E-T on Saturday night said they awoke to what they described as very low water pressure on Saturday morning. At some point during the day, the town lost its water altogether.

The issue appears to be connected with a backup generator.

Sunflower County Emergency Management Director Denny Evans told The E-T that he is currently working with Drew Mayor Harvey Burchfield to get the water back on.

The E-T reached out to Burchfield for comment, but he had not responded by press time.

Evans said that one generator is set to be delivered to Drew on Saturday night, and it will need to be hooked up.

It is not known at this time what precautions citizens will need to take with the drinking water once service is restored.

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