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TUPELO, Miss. (WCBI) — Both of Mississippi’s senators took time to check personally on relief efforts in the wake of April’s tornadoes.

Senators Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran stopped by Tupelo’s Joyner Elementary. That school was in the path of the April 28th tornado, which damaged the kindergarten wing, and also destroyed and damaged homes in the Joyner neighborhood.

The senators met with school board members, Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton and neighborhood residents, along with Joyner teachers and staff.

Senator Cochran, who visited Tupelo two days after the tornado hit, says a lot of progress has been made, despite many obstacles.

“I was disappointed more hadn’t been done, said Senator Cochran. “But it’s just an impossible challenge with streets blocked, and huge trees all over the place, people can’t understand why it takes a long time to recover from a devastating event like this, but the people of the area have shown patience, we are going to continue to monitor the needs and try to respond in every possible way.”

Senator Cochran declined to answer questions about the runoff he is now in with state senator Chris McDaniel.

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