People in charge at the Grand gulf Military Park in Claiborne County expect the river to crest at 57.5 feet on May 18. But by Thursday, the water could be high enough to cover Grand Gulf Road, prohibiting travel to and from the park.
By noon Wednesday, employees and volunteers had about a third of the valuables moved to higher, safer ground. They include small items like Indian tools, civil war era merchandise, and books dating back to the 1700's.
There are also large items, such as carriages. "We have the carriage shed, rifle we had to get out of there. The barrel on it weights 895 pounds. This stuff is over 175 years old," says Park Director Bud Ross.
Ross says he's never had to move the historical items before. "We've been lucky, we've had water up to our gate here before, but we're looking at two feet of water inside the museum this time," he says.
Campers are also told to leave, including full-time RV travelers Bob and Linda Klyne of Texas. They've been enjoying the interesting sites along the Mississippi River for three weeks now. "And interesting situations like the river rising, you hear about but don't understand what it is until you're part of it," Bob Klyne says. "We'll pack up first thing in the morning, head out, up to Vicksburg, stay up on the bluff so we're up off the river."
No word on when the items will be moved back in after the waters recede.
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