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Lower river crest brings some relief to Vicksburg

Access to the river and overlook are now blocked, and late Monday afternoon crews were working on the wall which will hopefully keep the Mississippi from reaching Levee Street. Source: WLBT Access to the river and overlook are now blocked, and late Monday afternoon crews were working on the wall which will hopefully keep the Mississippi from reaching Levee Street. Source: WLBT
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Preparations continue in the River City in anticipation of the rising Mississippi.

On Monday morning, Mayor George Flaggs declared a State of Emergency.

Access to the river and overlook are now blocked, and late Monday afternoon crews were working on the wall which will hopefully keep the Mississippi from reaching Levee Street.

The River City gets some good news while watching the waters to rise.

The National Weather Service lowered the anticipated crest in Vicksburg from 54 feet on January 16th to 52 and 1/2 feet on January 15th.

That comes as a relief for Mary Landers, who owns Levee Street Marketplace on the river below Washington Street.

In 2011, the waters reached the steps of her business.

"I was closed probably end of April, first of May and then of course had to wait until after the water receded and it was the end of June, July so it really did affect me bad. I didn't want to go through that again," said Landers.

The closure of Landers' business took a toll, costing her tens of thousands of dollars. 

Monday the river reached 43.85 feet, just eight tenths of a foot over flood stage.

The water front is closed and the wall is in place. 

Tuesday sand bags will be placed at the Depot Museum and in southern portions of the city.

"Our police department has done a great job of going house to house and put at least 140 to 145 residents a pamphlet telling you what you need to do if you need to be displaced," said Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs.

City officials urge residents and businesses to continue to take all precautions despite the lowered forecast crest.

Levee Street plans to keep their doors opened.

"This is our livelihood. I have over 70 individual vendors here. This is their business also. So I have to keep it going," added Landers.

A public meeting with updated information on the flooding will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Vicksburg City Hall.

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