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As Delta shows her might, Vicksburg and Warren County respond to the task

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(photo by David Day)

After almost a week filled with preparations for Hurricane Delta, city, county and state crews proved they were up to handling whatever destruction the storm brought to the Vicksburg Warren County area.

The busiest time was between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday when more than a dozen trees came down throughout the county. Vicksburg Deputy Police Chief Bobby Stewart and Warren County Chief Deputy Billy Joe Heggins directed law enforcement response with assistance from county firefighters as work crews cut trees and erected barricades while utility crews disconnected electricity to downed power lines.

A home at 112 Woodstock Drive sustained damage as a tree fell on the house. No Injuries were reported.

“I think we were blessed,” said Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr.

As of 7:30 a.m. Saturday, areas with trees and utility issues include:

  • The 300 block of Enchanted Drive is blocked by large tree and power lines.
  • Redbone Road at Meadow Brook Drive is blocked by large trees and power lines.
  • Roseland Drive at Buena Vista Drive is blocked with a broken power pole and lines.
  • Wisconsin Avenue at Fleur De Lis Drive is blocked with two power poles leaning into roadway.
  • 112 Woodstock Drive large tree limb on house and driveway blocked; no injuries. No street residential flooding.
  • 400 block of Still Drive: Large tree down with power lines involved.
  • Lake Boulevard: Tree down with power lines involved.

Reports of trees down and power lines down are still incoming. Authorities are encouraging residents to stay off the roads if possible, to allow for debris removal.

Entergy is reporting 3,900 outages in Warren County and 109 outages in Madison Parish as of 7:45 a.m. Approximately 95.000 outages are reported in Mississippi and 597,000 in Louisiana.

 

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USACE temporarily closes part of Arkabutla Lake campground

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(Photo by Thomas R Machnitzki - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12730385)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District has temporarily closed part of the South Abutment Campground at Arkabutla Lake due to a power outage.

A total of 57 campsites are affected, and repairs to the electrical system are expected to continue into next week. Current campers may move from their original sites during this time. The impacted sites will remain closed to reservations until repairs are completed.

The remainder of South Abutment Campground is open for reservations, as well as Dub Patton Campground. Campsites can be reserved online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.

For more information, contact the Arkabutla Lake Field Office at 662-562-6261.

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Robber uses a gun to steal bike from 13-year-old

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The Vicksburg Police Department reports the following incidents occurred Monday, Oct. 26, and Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Monday at 5:52 p.m. officers with the Vicksburg Police Department responded to the area of Fairground Street in reference to a strong-arm robbery. The complainant stated that an unknown black male pushed his 13-year-old son off his bike, and when his son tried to retrieve his bike, the unknown male pointed a gun at him.

On Tuesday at 8:11 p.m. officers responded to the 400 block of Cain Ridge Road in reference to shots fired. According to witnesses, subjects in a maroon sedan fired six shots. One 9-mm shell casing was recovered at the scene. An hour later, officers were dispatched to Domino’s Pizza, 725 Highway 61 South, where one of the delivery drivers reported someone had shot at his car while he was stopped at the intersection of Cain Ridge Road and Columbia Avenue. A bullet hole was found in the trunk of the vehicle.

Tuesday at 8:41 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 700 block of Fort Hill Drive in reference to an auto burglary. The victim stated that an unknown black male entered his 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe and took less than $10 in loose change.

If you have information on any of these incidents, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Women leaders invited to Empower Hour on Thursday

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Justice Court Judge Gay Polk-Payton

Women leaders in Vicksburg and Warren County are invited to Empower Hour at noon Thursday at the Warren County Courthouse on the Jackson Street side.

The event is sponsored by Circuit Court Judge Toni Walker Terrett of Mississippi’s Ninth Judicial District, and features Justice Court Judge Gay Polk-Payton from Forrest County as well as trailblazers Gertrude Young and Patricia “Petesy” Peterson Smith.

Seating will be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions and be sure to wear your mask.

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