DeSoto Co. deals with deep freeze in unique ways

By Chip Washington - bio | email

HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - Various DeSoto County organizations dealt with Thursday's deep freeze across the Mid-South in interesting ways.

Hernando United Methodist Church worked with emergency management officials in the county to provide a warm place to stay and a meal for anyone who needs it

Pastor Danny Dabbs says this is just another way to reach out to our fellow man when times are tough.

"We've turned the heat on, got it good and warm," Dabbs said.  "We realize that this is just another way of being able to reach out and minister to those in need."

Dabbs said they are working with several other churches in the area to make things a bit more comfortable the next few days for those who do not have a warm place to stay.

Happy Times Farm in Nesbit, Mississippi is a traveling petting zoo equipped with a menagerie of the usual animals including turkeys, pigs, sheep and horses.  Owner Lorri Porter says they are no different than humans when it comes to the cold.

"They get cold just like you and I do," Porter said.  "They would prefer to have 70 to 80 degree weather too."

Porter said the toughest thing when the weather is this cold is to break up the frozen water in the tubs so the animals have enough water to drink.

For anyone in DeSoto County that needs assistance, call the DeSoto County Emergency Management office at (662) 429 - 1359.

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