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.
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.
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.
A happier ending
You may recall the incident we reported on September 26 where a younger lady drove her car into the back of a house on Chambers Street.
It was one of the more bizarre stories we’ve covered. To hit that porch the car had to travel down a dead end street, turn into a private drive and swerve around a parked car to hit that porch. The homeowner, Taylor Ransone summed it up when he said “she appeared to be confused.” The vehicle left the scene and was not found.
On Friday Mr. Ransone made contact with the Vicksburg Daily News to give us an update on the story. He announced “Sgt. Bobby Jones with the Vicksburg Police Department told him the driver of the vehicle had contacted the police to confess to the accident.” She had a “medical event and had no memory of crashing into the back of his house” reported Ransone. But after being released from the hospital last week she started to piece it together and called Sgt. Jones.
The lady has insurance and is recovering from her medical event.
Homeowner Taylor Ransone was pleased to say “You never know what people are going through. I am glad she got help and, of course, that she wasn’t seriously injured.”
Announcing – Q&A with the Mayor
Ask the Mayor anything.
Mayor George Flaggs has agreed to allow the Vicksburg Daily News to host a Question and Answer session – live and online – with you to answer all your questions.
The recent meeting with the Police Department has enraged a lot of locals and they are crying for transparency. Mayor Flaggs contacted the Vicksburg Daily News to create and host this event. We decided to waste no time and get it done tomorrow, Tuesday the 15th, at 3:30 p.m.
Just post your question here in the comments, message them to the Vicksburg Daily News Facebook page or post them during the live stream tomorrow. The Mayor will not have any of the questions ahead of time and has promised to do his best to answer any and everything.
Police still searching for 3-year-old missing since Oct. 12
The Birmingham Police Department and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency asks for your assistance in locating Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, who is believed to be in extreme danger.
She is a black female, 3 years old, 3 feet tall, weighing 60 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.
Kamille was last seen wearing a pink T-shirt with Minnie Mouse leopard print design, leopard print shorts, and yellow, white, and blue hair bows at a birthday party at the Tom Brown Village housing community around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2019.
Kamille may have been abducted by a man and woman traveling in a dark-colored black or blue SUV, possibly an older model Toyota 4 Runner with rims and a tan protruding bumper.
Reportedly, the vehicle has been found, and WAPT has reported that one person of interest is in custody, but police are still searching for Kamille.
If you have any information regarding this missing child, please contact the Birmingham Police Department at 205-254-0841 or call 911.
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