Vicksburg uses sand bags to protect historic landmarks - - Jackson, MS

Vicksburg uses sand bags to protect historic landmarks

source: WLBT source: WLBT
source: WLBT source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

As the Mississippi River surges south, the city of Vicksburg has been working around the clock to prevent flood water from inundating one of the famous landmarks there.

The Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad Depot is a 100-year building in the downtown district.

It's home to old depot museum, Main Street program and Vicksburg Visitors Bureau.

Dozens of public works employees from Vicksburg, Hinds And Warren County, as well as volunteers, teamed up to fill more than 7 thousand sandbags to build a flood wall.

St. Aloysius student, Rett Verhine said, "This part of town is where all the tourists come to and we know living in Vicksburg a whole life we want to impress people when you come to our town, so we know the tourist sites are really important to keep preserve and take care of."
Back during the Mississippi flood of 2011 five feet of water got into the building and a million dollars in renovation work had to be done before it opened a year later.

Vicksburg fire chief, Charles Atkins Jr. said if the flood water gets into the basement, it will ruin the foundation.
Over a foot of water is expected with the sand bag wall standing at 4 feet tall.

Atkins said this is the only option they have besides the wall they are putting up on the other side

The city also has a flood pump system onsite, so if water gets inside the building public works employees can pump the water quickly instead of waiting for a machine to be hauled in to do the work.

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