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Flood waters affecting catfish producers

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MDOT may be forced to close a portion of Highway 49 in Yazoo and Humphreys Counties on Friday, as Yazoo River backwaters move dangerously close to the roadway.

MDOT personnel have been keeping a close eye on the situation, since the Yazoo River is not expected to crest until Monday, at 39 feet. Most side roads that run off that portion of Highway 49 are shut down.

Meanwhile, farmers and catfish producers in those counties are suffering from the flood. At Simmons Catfish near Wolf Lake, 700 water acres of catfish ponds are under water. The fish have been moved to 25 ponds, and levees have been constructed around those ponds.

The catfish plant is accessible only by boat, and office operations have been moved to the old BankPlus building on Main Street in Yazoo City.

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