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Here’s what you can do right now to help clean up Hattiesburg

Tornado rips through Hattiesburg, causing severe damage

Damage in Hattiesburg after tornado Video by John Fitzhugh/Sun Herald
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Damage in Hattiesburg after tornado Video by John Fitzhugh/Sun Herald

Do you have a car, truck or SUV that can make the trip up to Hattiesburg? Can you bring a chainsaw or heavy-duty trash bags with you?

That’s all Coast residents need if they want to help the Hub City pick up the pieces after a tornado ripped through town early Saturday morning.

The twister touched down about 3:30 a.m., killing four people and causing destruction to homes, roads, businesses and William Carey University.

Hattiesburg state Rep. Toby Barker has organized a meet-up for people to help those affected by the storm. Barker said on Facebook they will help clear out yards and streets in neighborhoods surrounding WCU. That’s the area where damage is most extensive, he said.

Barker asks volunteers to bring trash bags — they’ve been requested by William Carey students who were on campus when the tornado struck.

People should also bring work gloves and plastic rain ponchos.

Barker asked people to meet him at 305 Emerald Lane at noon Saturday to begin cleanup.

Anyone with questions can call Stacy Ahua at 601-434-1680.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @Journalism_J

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