My wood furniture was soaked. Is it ruined?
If possible, remove drawers and doors from wood furniture. If they are stuck tight, remove the back and try pushing them out. If the backing board warps and needs replacing, save it to use as a pattern for a new one.
Wash loose soil from the furniture, using sudsy water and a brush. Rinse with clear water and dry with a cloth. Let furniture and cabinets dry slowly (out of sunlight) to reduce warping and splitting. It may take several weeks or months for them to dry. Use fans, heaters, or dehumidifiers to keep air moving. After furniture has dried completely, clean the surface with mineral spirits, synthetic turpentine, or a cleanser conditioner. Test first on a spot that doesn't show.
HAMILTON, Miss. -- Determining the extent of tornado damage to farms in Monroe County will take weeks, but video shot from flying drones will speed up the process.
Mississippi State University Extension Service personnel have been assisting in relief efforts since the morning after an EF-2 tornado on April 13 damaged more than 140 homes in Hamilton, claiming one life and injuring 19 others.
Near a bridge that connects Issaquena and Sharkey counties, Waye Windham leaned toward the side of his boat and dipped a paddle down into flood water to gauge its depth.
The water was too deep for the paddle to reach the ground. Riding with Windham was Lacey Little, who tried a much longer wooden post.
The tornado in Lowndes County and widespread flooding in north Mississippi have triggered a variety of helpful “boots on the ground” to provide needed care and guidance.
It’s National Love Your Pet Day, so give those four-legged family members extra special treatment. More noggin’ pats and extra-long walks are in order. But be careful with the treats. Some human foods can be harmful to pets. For dogs, that includes chocolate. (Photo/video credit: MSU Extension/ Brian Utley)
STARKVILLE, Miss. – First responders and disaster experts know that good intentions can lay the foundations for disastrous conditions after hurricane winds and floods subside.
Through the Mississippi State University Extension Service, Anne Howard Hilbun conducts disaster response training for citizens and emergency workers. She is an instructor with the MSU Extension Center for Government and Community Development.