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Mississippi River receding, flooding still a problem in Vicksburg

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mayor of Vicksburg said the lower Mississippi River is receding, but flooding is still a major issue in parts of the city as people pray for relief soon.

The Mighty Mississippi Vicksburg is starting fall following this unusual winter flood in Vicksburg.

“The river crested yesterday, we have fallen about a 10th of a foot. The River will stay around 50 feet through the weekend and then we will start to see a slow fall,” said United States Army Corps of Engineers’ Greg Riamondo.

Welder Robert Houston was put on flood watch at his workplace in Vicksburg because it still looks like a lake in the area.

“If somebody needs to go to the company over there I take him over there on a boat,” said Houston.

He admits this standing water has become a bit of headache to even look at after a week.

“I guess the biggest fear is the road washing out and having to wait to fix it for us to get back to work, but this time nobody got laid off and everyone was still able to work,” said Houston.

Mayor George Flaggs said he is relieved the downtown area and the historic train depot managed to stay dry.

“I am glad it didn't come over here. The last time it flooded it was five feet into that building,” said Flaggs.

He points out there are several neighborhoods around town in Vicksburg are inundated with water.

“The streets that still have water are your streets like Ford Subdivision and Chickasaw Lake just north of town. There about 30 to 35 homes that are affected,” said Houston.

   The mayor said he and city officials are continuing to find ways to help flood-weary communities in Vicksburg.

“The community development department is ready to assist them, we have already identified a food pantry, so people who need some food just call my office and we will assist them,” said Flaggs.

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