Last week’s storm wreaked havoc across the state of Mississippi with ice and snow making highways, streets, and roads extremely dangerous, and in some cases, almost impossible to navigate for many. For those who work in the healthcare industry, regardless of conditions, they are needed to care for those who are sick and unable to care for themselves.
Thankfully, deputies in Carroll and Montgomery counties spent much of last week transporting healthcare employees to hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities.
Montgomery County Sheriff Jeff Tompkins said he and his deputies were kept busy shuttling healthcare workers to and from the Kilmichael Group Home, Winona Manor, Fresenius Kidney Care, and Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital.
“God lets things work out just right,” Tompkins said. “It was a blessing. There wasn’t a lot of criminal activity so we were able to help. All we did was get [workers] there. Hats off to them, they were the ones working double shifts to take care of people.”
Tompkins credited the Montgomery County Road Department for its hard work in getting streets and roads cleared quickly.
“Hats off to them!” Tompkins said. “They were on it.”
Carroll County Sheriff Clint Walker said his department did the same, even relaying with Montgomery County to get people to the various healthcare facilities in the area.
“We were blessed that three of our vehicles are equipped with wenches, and most of the whole fleet with four-wheel drive,” Walker said.
Carroll County Sheriff’s Department helped get healthcare personnel to Greenwood Leflore Hospital as well as facilities in Carroll and Montgomery counties.
Walker praised the community for so many people lending a hand to help their neighbors in need.
“We had about 100 cars drive off into ditches, but [the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department] only pulled out 20 or so. The others were helped by their neighbors,” Walker said. “It was great to see the community come together to help. That’s the reason we live in our small rural area.”
Walker said although many motorists did slide off the road due to snow and ice, there were no serious injuries reported.