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Levee completed at Vicksburg water line break

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs has issued a State of Emergency regarding the citywide water outage. 

The outage is due to a water line that broke around 11:00 Wednesday morning.

READ MORE: Over 29,000 Vicksburg residents without water after massive main break

Pumps arrived at the site of the break Thursday evening. Just hours later, Mayor George Flaggs said crews completed construction of the levee.

Repair operations will continue around the clock with crews delivering 19,000 cubic square yards of dirt to the site.  

Officials said the 36-inch line is about 12 feet beneath Mississippi River backwater. 

It is also five feet below ground.

"Our contingency plan is to make certain that we can get our 36-inch water line back on within 48 hours if we can," said Flaggs. "If everything goes right we can meet that objective." 

The broken water line is the city's only distribution line from the water treatment plant. 

In a noon news conference, Flaggs said the 50-year-old pipe serves more than 12,000 customers.

Equipment is already on the way to make repairs once water is pumped from the site and the ruptured pipe is reached. 

"We've still got the five day maximum on it, but we're gonna try to minimize that as much as we can," added the mayor. "I don't want to put an exact date or time. I just want us to keep doing what we're doing and that is not panicking or being impatient with the city."

Mayor Flaggs will hold a news conference Friday at noon updating residents on the progress of the emergency repairs.

RELATED: Thousands of residents face another day without water in Vicksburg

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