A large tornado jumped Mississippi 25 south of Louisville, causing this damage before hitting the city of Louisville, damaging the hospital, a Georgia Pacific plant and several neighborhoods. At top right, a Louisville couple survied the tornado hunkered down in the center of their home built in about 1926.
A large tornado jumped Mississippi 25 south of Louisville, causing this damage before hitting the city of Louisville, damaging the hospital, a Georgia Pacific plant and several neighborhoods. At top right, a Louisville couple survied the tornado hunkered down in the center of their home built in about 1926.
LOUISVILLE - Branden Wooten helped Neshoba ambulance personnel and a volunteer firefighter carry a man on a stretcher a half mile over trees and debris to get to an ambulance.

Wooten had found the man lying atop shingles and other debris from his destroyed house.

Wooten, 26, was at his grandmother's house in Louisville when he received a call from a relative telling him that his mobile home and his uncle's house in the Center Ridge area had been destroyed by the tornado.

Wooten said he got into his vehicle, while the tornado was still passing through Louisville, to circle back and check on a ninth-grade cousin who was supposed to be at his uncle's house. He later learned that the cousin went somewhere else after school on Monday.

While Wooten was surveying the damage around his own home, he heard a man "howling out" a short distance away.

He found the man, a kidney patient, lying in the rubble from his own house which was also destroyed.

"He was lying on his shingles flat on the ground," Wooden said.

Wooten said a Neshoba County volunteer firefighter and ambulance personnel from Neshoba General came to their aid.

"They had to walk about a half mile to get to us because trees were down over the road," he said.

"They finally made it down there on foot. They had a stretcher. We rolled him onto the stretcher and about 10 of us had to rotate carrying him the whole half mile going over trees just to get back to the ambulance.

"It was lightning and another tornado was supposed to be coming back.

"It was devastating."