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City of Vicksburg preparing for floodwater

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Flood walls are going up in the City of Vicksburg in preparation for major flooding.

One city worker said, "It will be smooth for them to lay out. If it's frozen and hard it won't spread."

Tar was heated by a fire just steps away from city workers hand building flood walls made of cross ties.

Mayor George Flaggs said, "We are absolutely doing everything we can do."

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs said crews had to be called in to make preparations for flooding expected in the coming days.

Flaggs said, "It serves as a wall as if it were concrete. You put it up temporarily and it contains as much as the water as you possibly can. You are going to have some seepage, but you don't have the water. Try and keep the water on the other side."

 

Mayor Flaggs pointed out the flood marker next to the Mississippi River. A white mark from 2011 stands out showing the water rose 57 feet. The river is expected to crest in Vicksburg January 16 rising to 54 feet.

Flaggs said, "We've done this before and these guys are experts at it. We are coordinating everything with the Army Corps of Engineers for our professional help. We are working with the emergency management department. So, we are doing everything we can and I feel confident as mayor of this city that we are being prepared as best we can."

The walls should be complete by next week. It takes about six hours to build one wall.

Mayor Flaggs said the city will declare a state of emergency on Monday morning during a board meeting.

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