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Natchez area makes preparations for flooding

After surviving the 2011 historical flood JM Jones Lumber 3rd generation owner, Howard Jones, says after a week of reinforcing and building nearly a mile long levee to withstand a 65 foot river, the sawmill is ready to beat yet another flood. source: WLBT After surviving the 2011 historical flood JM Jones Lumber 3rd generation owner, Howard Jones, says after a week of reinforcing and building nearly a mile long levee to withstand a 65 foot river, the sawmill is ready to beat yet another flood. source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The cities of Natchez and Vidalia are making preparations for the expected flooding.

After surviving the 2011 historical flood JM Jones Lumber 3rd generation owner, Howard Jones, says after a week of reinforcing and building nearly a mile long levee to withstand a 65 foot river, the sawmill is ready to beat yet another flood. 

They are also using hesco baskets to protect Louisiana city pumps, and the river front.

These hesco barriers are 3.5 feet high and 15 feet long, and filled with sand.

Mayor of Vidalia, Hyram Copeland said, "They (hesco baskets) serve as a mini levee. We used them in 2011 and they were very successful so we are using them again."

Mayor Copeland said that residents who work on this side of the Mississippi River say they conquered the 2011 flood and are confident they will conquer this one as well, especially now that the crest is forecast at 58 feet.

He said if the river crests at the expected level, they will not feel any flooding affects, however, hesco baskets and sand are on standby just in case.

We will continue to keep you updated on the newest developments. 

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