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Vicksburg officials move animals, build flood walls in anticipation of flooding

As flood waters continue to creep up on homes and businesses in Vicksburg, Mayor Flaggs said the city is making progress to minimize the damage. Source: WLBT As flood waters continue to creep up on homes and businesses in Vicksburg, Mayor Flaggs said the city is making progress to minimize the damage. Source: WLBT
The mayor said his staff is also working with the Vicksburg Housing Authority to help find temporary homes and apartments for residents who live in neighborhoods that are expected to flood. Source: WLBT The mayor said his staff is also working with the Vicksburg Housing Authority to help find temporary homes and apartments for residents who live in neighborhoods that are expected to flood. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Vicksburg's Mayor George Flaggs said the city is fully equipped with the tools and plans needed to defend against the Mississippi River flood surge. 

As flood waters continue to creep up on homes and businesses in Vicksburg, Mayor Flaggs said the city is making progress to minimize the damage. City crews have completed work on a more than 55-foot flood wall in the downtown district.

“We completed this wall and all the walls along the Mississippi River and we prepared all the pump stations south of town,” said Mayor Flaggs.

More than 30 cats and dogs at the animal shelter on Old Mill Road were also being moved out of harm's way to permanent homes in the community and different pet friendly organizations in Warren County.

“My main concern was to get the animals to a home and it is hectic,” said Animal Control Supervisor Robert Mays.

Mays said the Mississippi River pushed two feet of water inside the building in 2011 and it is a strong possibility flood waters could roll that way again.

“The animals can die or drown and we won’t  have any way to get in and feed them, so our main concern is to get them to safety so they can be well taken care of,”

The mayor said his staff is also working with the Vicksburg Housing Authority to help find temporary homes and apartments for residents who live in neighborhoods that are expected to flood.

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