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Masks Will Be Distributed In Coffeeville And Oakland


WATER VALLEY – Yalobusha County EMA Director Dalton Coleman reported free masks will be provided to the public at the Coffeeville Fire Department on Wednesday and the Oakland Fire Department on Thursday. Both events are scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and the masks provided by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will be available while supplies last.

Coleman said the effort continues to ensure all residents in the county have access to a face mask as Yalobusha County was declared a hot spot for COVID-19 by Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves during a press conference last Friday. Reeves also included the county in an executive order that mandates masks countywide.

In other EMA news:

• Coleman reported a new weather warning siren was installed at the emergency operations building on County Road 436, just south of Water Valley. 

“Frank (Hyde) was able to secure a grant to purchase the weather siren before he retired,” Coleman explained. He also said the siren, which is activated to alert people in the vicinity of severe weather, will cover the southern portion of Water Valley as well as people who live on  CR 436 and adjacent areas. The addition brings the total number of weather sirens in the county to 14, not counting two in Water Valley. 

• Coleman reported a strong turnout of Coffeeville volunteer fire fighters for a vehicle wreck on County Road 220 early Monday morning. Ten Coffeeville firemen responded to the wreck and also assisted with a landing zone to air lift the driver following the single-vehicle wreck.

Coleman said the strong response is a turnaround from the first of the year 

“Chief John Beshears, Assistant Chief  Jarred Logan and Mayor William Shelton are working well together to rebuild a strong department,” Coleman explained.

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