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A Lot of Critters in a Small Area



One of the worst impacts of the flood has been the displacement of animals everywhere.  Yesterday morning flood victims Charles and Melanie Lampley awoke to a bobcat on their porch.  The animal, one of the apex predators of the area, seems exhausted.  It was there again this morning but had gone off to find food by noon time.

A flood displaced bobcat sits on the porch. Dry land is scarce.

The buzzards are pleased with the flood.

Another flood victim, Stormy Deere, has a pair of ‘guard gators’ near her mailbox in her Redwood area home.  They have been there off and on for a few days now.

A sizable alligator sits nears the mailbox.

The mail may be a bit late today.

The Great Backwater Flood of 2019 will become the longest lasting flood in U.S. history.  Next Monday the Morganza Spillway will be opened for only the third time in its history.  It will flood the Atchafalaya area and provide relief to the downstream cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans.  It will have no impact upstream.  The Bonne Carre Spillway was opened for the second time this season.

With the local crest date of the Mississippi River now the 9th of June at 51.5 feet this Backwater flood will be on the ground for a very, very long time.  This crest date does not include the anticipated rainfall in the upper midwest this week of up to 7 inches.  That will most likely increase the crest height and date once again.  The 28-day projection includes a very slow drop of only a foot or so.  That means the backwater will be at or near this level until at least the middle of July.  Some projections show this flood may last into September.

41% of the nation’s water flows down the Mississippi River.  Heavy rains in the Ohio Valley late last year began this deluge of water that led to this long-lasting flood.

The only bright spot is there has been no loss of life due to this flood.  The hard work of people like Eagle Lake Fire Chief Earl Wallace, Assistant Chief Chris Libbey, the Warren County Emergency Management team, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and hundreds of concerned citizens are to be credited with saving every human life in the area.

The animals are not so lucky.


Be On The Lookout for a Gray Impala with a Pizza Hut sign on top



Vicksburg Police stopped a gray Impala with a Pizza Hut sign on top for a traffic violation.


The officer returned to his vehicle to write the citation and do an information check on the driver. When the officer began to return to the gray Impala the driver sped away.

The officer gave a brief chase but the car was too far gone. Police are at the Pizza Hut to gather information on the driver. There is no word at this time on why the driver might have fled from police. More on this story as the information comes available.

BOLO – Be On The Lookout for a gray Impala with a Pizza Hut sign on top.

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Shell casings found at Robert Walker Building



The fight that led to shots fired at The Event Place last night also led to a conundrum; no one could  find the shell casings.


That all changed just a few minutes ago when a couple of Valley residents found them.

There were varying reports from eyewitness of the origin of the gunfire. Some thought they came from Washington Street and others said from Walnut Street. It turns out the shots were fired from the corner of South and Walnut street right next to the Robert Walker building.

The red marker shows the location where the shells casings were found. The Event Place is under the blue marker for Michel’s Record Shop.

Recovered were 4 nine millimeter rounds and one 40 cal round.

Here is a video from the scene:



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Amtrak resumes full Chicago-to-New Orleans service after flooding



Amtrak’s City of New Orleans is back on its full route between Chicago and Louisiana.

Since May, the train trip ended in Jackson for travelers headed south, another victim of this year’s Mississippi River flooding. The route south of Jackson has been closed because the Louisiana tracks were in danger, reports WJTV.

“They have to open the Bonnet Carré Spillway at a certain point in flooding,” Knox Ross of the Southern Rails Commission told WJTV. “And when they do that it becomes dangerous for passenger trains to get into New Orleans.”

Not only was the closure an inconvenience for passengers forced to find alternatives to the popular train route, it cost Amtrak money.

“If they’re going to ride a bus, they’re just not going to buy a ticket, so all of that is at Amtrak expense,” Ross continued. “So when the Bonnet Carré Spillway opens they can’t run the trains. They have to be serviced here in Jackson or Memphis and Amtrak has to pay for the buses.”

“It’s the convenience, it’s the comfort and the fast time that it takes so it’s … better than the bus,” a passenger said.

The City of New Orleans makes the trip every day from Chicago to New Orleans, making seven stops in Mississippi, and then returns. It’s roughly 19 hours one way for the full trip.

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