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Eagle Lake residents prepare for rising river

There are nearly 1,000 residents at Eagle Lake. While this is not the first evacuation, residents are concerned about travel on the levee, school bus routes, electricity being shut off and garbage collection. Source: WLBT There are nearly 1,000 residents at Eagle Lake. While this is not the first evacuation, residents are concerned about travel on the levee, school bus routes, electricity being shut off and garbage collection. Source: WLBT
WARREN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Some Warren County residents met Wednesday to learn about what's in store as the Governor declares a State of Emergency in anticipation of major flooding along the Mississippi River.

It was standing room only when officials laid out their plans for the coming days.

More than 200 Eagle Lake residents packed the fire station on Highway 465 to learn how they will be affected by the rising Mississippi.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace organized a community meeting with officials from the Corps of Engineers and levee board to Emergency Management and MDOT.

Those living in the area were given an opportunity to ask questions.

"It's just an information exchange that's invaluable," said resident L.W. Callaway who attended the meeting.

The 68-year-old and his family have lived in the area for 18 years. They evacuated voluntarily in 2011 and were away for three months.

"We chose to at that time. My wife was not retired and she was still working every day. So it was just for convenience sake," added Callaway.

MDOT plans to close Highway 465, the main access to Eagle Lake, when water crosses the roadway.

That's expected as early as next Wednesday.

Big concerns are access to the levee and their homes. Officials say flooding will not be as high as last time.

"We had to fill Eagle Lake up to about 90 feet in order to equalize some pressure on a spot called Buck Shoot in the levee. We've since done permanent repairs in that area putting in what's known as relief wells," said U.S. Corps of Engineers spokesman Greg Raimondo.

There are nearly 1,000 residents at Eagle Lake. While this is not the first evacuation, residents are concerned about travel on the levee, school bus routes, electricity being shut off and garbage collection. 

"The Eagle Lake community itself doesn't flood, but it becomes inaccessible as soon as the river reaches flood stage, and that's problematic for people that live in the community," said Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace.

Among those in attendance was Pastor Troy Piccaluga who came to learn what he could to share with his congregation at Eagle Lake Methodist Church.

"We're just not quite sure what to expect, what's going on and we just want to make sure that we're here for our people," said Pastor Piccaluga. "We're gonna get together Sunday and just see. Because of the holiday season we haven't gotten that far and it's kinda caught up to us but we are gonna get together to see what we can do".

Go to  www.vicksburgwarrenflood2016.com for information on alerts and updates in the area.

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