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Governor Barbour warns flood affected residents to stay away from the water

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YAZOO CITY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi River crested in Vicksburg Thursday.  That was good news, but Governor Haley Barbour urged people to remain cautious.

"These levees are going to be more and more saturated every day. There will be continuing wave action up against them and so people shouldn't drop their guard," said Governor Barbour.

Many are anxious to return home. The water needs several more weeks to recede and until then only emergency crews are allowed in the water.

"It is illegal to drive a boat in flooded areas and it will remain so until that executive order is lifted which won't be soon," said Barbour.

The Governor warned flood water is dangerous.  It is filled with dangerous displaced animals and bacteria.

Every state first responder exposed to the water was required to get a tetanus shot.  Barbour was encouraging all affected residents to do the same.

"We've had reports of water samples where the ecoli level was 200 times normal.  This stuff is nasty," said Barbour.

Governor Barbour was heeding his own advice and has not visited this family home on wolf lake, but knows it has sustained damage.

"It's got about 7 feet of water in the ground floor, but look we're better off than a lot of people," said Barbour.

The Governor was asking for patience from the more than 4,800 people displaced by the flood and waiting to return home.

 Tetanus vaccinations are available at all county health departments and are free in the following federally declared counties impacted by flood waters: Adams, Bolivar, Claiborne, Coahoma, Desoto, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jefferson, Sharkey, Tunica, Warren, Washington, Wilkinson and Yazoo.

To locate a county health department near you go to www.healthyms.com.

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