County marks 5th anniversary of tornado

From Staff & Other Reports

Last week marked the fifth anniversary of a tornado that ripped through the Cumberland community and other parts of Webster County, destroying East Webster High School.

The EF-3 tornado touched down in the early morning hours of April 27, 2011. No students were at school when the tornado struck but 49-year-old Mike Rogers of Ticky Bend Road was killed when a tree fell on his house. At least 15 people were injured in the county, with more than 200 structures damaged.

The Webster County Schools administration met with Golden Triangle Planning and Development District officials and developed a plan to relocate the East Webster students and staff to the Wood College campus in Mathiston. Wood College also suffered tremendous damage from strong winds and fallen trees, but escaped with little structural damage.

The community and volunteers from surrounding areas came together in a massive cleanup effort of the Wood campus. After missing only three days of school, classes resumed on May 2, 2011.

EWHS was rebuilt on the Cumberland campus, and the staff and students returned home on Oct. 28, 2013.

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ELIZABETH McMINN April 27 marked five years since the landscape of East Webster High School was changed when a tornado destroyed the school. “Today, we are BIGGER, BETTER & STRONGER!” Elizabeth McMinn tweeted this photo.

Editor’s Note: This article includes information from East Webster High School’s website.