Mayor George Flaggs began the meeting by commending the team and volunteers who have, thus far, made a tremendous contribution to educating the public and protecting the safety of lives and property in the flood prone areas. He was particularly impressed with the number of volunteers and City employees and the speed in which they worked to complete the sandbagging of the Depot.
Before giving the floor to team members for reports, with relief apparent in his voice, he announced that the predicted river crest at Vicksburg has dropped another 6 inches to 52 ft. The river is still expected to crest on Friday, January 15.
Rising water levels in our service territory have prompted Entergy Mississippi, Inc. to prepare to disconnect electrical service in certain areas inside the levee system. This action is being taken as a public safety precaution and to comply with the National Electric Safety Code.
The safety of employees and customers is Entergy Mississippi’s top priority. The National Electric Safety Code stipulates that electrical service must be disconnected if water levels rise too close to our primary lines. Service must also be disconnected any time water enters a dwelling or when water levels approach a structure’s electrical system.
Below is a list of streets that have been closed due to flooding.
January 6, 2016 - The Flood of 2016 City of Vicksburg High Water Response Team held a public meeting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 6 to discuss preparations for the encroaching flood of the Mississippi River at Vicksburg.
Members of the team gave brief reports to City Officials, local media, and members of the community. The following information was discussed and shared with those present.