Rolling Fork 18 weeks post tornado - recovery update
This week the buildings belonging to the City of Rolling Fork finally began coming down. There has been a growing frustration among residents concerning what they see as the slowness of the city to move forward with recovery.
Some complaints include the city being one of the last entities to remove demolished buildings, the frequent lack of quorum at board meetings leading to a lack of decisions being made and contracts being approved for the city, and the fact that there are over 300 displaced residents still living in hotels in other cities when school is about to start. For reasons unclear to us, FEMA has yet to approve a site put forward by the city for the group FEMA trailers, and the city has yet to put forward the most obvious site for this.
But amid all this, there are signs of progress. More home sites are being prepared for rebuilding, more businesses are opening in temporary locations while their buildings are under construction, and the Great Delta Bear Affair committee is making plans to hold the 22nd GDBA in downtown Rolling Fork on October 28. Yes, recovery is slow and at times frustrating, but there is so much to be done, and Rolling Fork Will Rise Again!