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Corps’ mat sinking unit suspended revetment season due to flooding

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s Mat Sinking Unit suspended its 2019 revetment season Jan. 21. The season was suspended due to adverse river conditions caused by flooded riverbanks and high velocity flows. The unit will remain on standby for approximately one month as district engineers and technical experts monitor river conditions for the opportunity to complete scheduled work. If conditions are favorable, the unit will potentially resume work in late February. (photo courtesy USACE)

From the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District’s Mat Sinking Unit suspended its 2019 revetment season Jan. 21.

The season was suspended due to adverse river conditions caused by flooded riverbanks and high-velocity flows. The unit will remain on standby for approximately one month as district engineers and technical experts monitor river conditions for the opportunity to complete scheduled work. If conditions are favorable, the unit will potentially resume work in late February.

During the 2019 season, the unit has placed approximately 170,000 squares of articulated concrete mattress along the banks of the Mississippi River to prevent erosion, protect key areas of the riverbank and flood control works and provide a safe, reliable channel for navigation.

“For more than 70 years, the Mat Sinking Unit has taken on the unique and important task of preventing erosion and maintaining navigation up and down the Mississippi River,” said Vicksburg District Commander Col. Robert Hilliard in a statement. “The Mississippi River serves as a vital commercial waterway and drainage system for the nation, and the hard work of the unit allows it to perform those crucial functions.”

Unparalleled across the world, the Mat Sinking Unit is a feat of skilled labor and technological innovation. A mat sinking barge, a mat supply barge, quarter barges, spar barges, gantry cranes, bulldozers and motor vessels are among the equipment used by the unit to help maintain the Mississippi River’s stabilization and navigation. Each season, approximately 50 full-time and 220 seasonal or temporary employees live on quarter boats and work 10-hour shifts and 12-consecutive-day work periods to execute the mission. The unit typically operates when river stages are at their lowest and conducts work that spans the jurisdictions of the Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans districts.

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One struck by a car on MLK

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One person has been hit by a car near 1911 MLK Jr Boulevard.

 

At 10:30 p.m. Friday night, a call came into the E911 call center that a person had been struck by a vehicle at that location. The vehicle is still on scene and police, fire medic 20, rescue and Ladder 3 are all en route to the scene.

The injured party is complaining of leg pain.

We will update this story as more information becomes available. For now, please avoid the area and allow emergency responders plenty of room to do their job.

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One shot on 61 South

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At around 4:30 this afternoon an individual showed up at University Medical Center suffering from a gunshot wound that he claimed had happened on 61 South in Vicksburg.

Vicksburg Police Investigators were dispatched to UMC to follow up on the incident. Deputy Chief Bobby Stewart tells us that at around 7:25 p.m. three individuals were taken into custody on Fog Drive off of 61 South.

One is believed to be the shooter, the others have outstanding warrants through Municipal Court.

This is a fluid and developing story. We will release additional information as it becomes available to us.

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USDA approves waiver to allow SNAP beneficiaries time to report losses

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The federal government has approved a request from Mississippi to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program beneficiaries additional time to report food losses due to severe weather and flooding this month.

The approval waives the requirement that SNAP losses be reported within 10 days to receive replacement benefits, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) announced today.

SNAP benefits are provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. With the waiver in place, families displaced by flooding will be eligible to get food replaced even if they can’t report the losses within the usual 10 days.

The waiver applies to Attala, Carroll, Chickasaw, Claiborne, Clay, Copiah, Greene, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Leake, Leflore, Madison, Quitman, Rankin, Warren, Washington, Wilkinson and Yazoo counties.

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