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Corps of Engineers to close gates at Steele Bayou

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The Steele Bayou Control Structure (photo from USACE)

From the USACE Vicksburg District:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District anticipates the need to close the gates of the Steele Bayou Control Structure, located approximately 10 miles north of Vicksburg within the week.

Heavy rainfall across the region during the past two weeks has elevated the Mississippi River and its tributaries. The majority of the state of Mississippi has received above-average rainfall during the past 30 days, with some areas receiving two-to-three times their typical amount of rainfall. This heavy rainfall has elevated the lower Mississippi River to above-average levels for this time of year.

The Steele Bayou Control Structure, combined with the Mississippi River and Yazoo Backwater levees, prevents the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers from backing up and further flooding the Delta.
According to data from technical analysis, district engineers have determined that using temporary pumps to drain the Yazoo Backwater area would have negligible impacts on lowering water elevations.

The district continues to collaborate with its local, state and federal partners to develop and deliver permanent, sustainable flood control solutions to the south Delta.

According to the National Weather Service forecast, the Mississippi River at Vicksburg will crest at 41 feet Jan. 10 and will be above flood stage by late January. Forecasts also indicate that water elevations in the Yazoo Backwater area will peak at approximately 88 feet within the next two weeks.

District personnel and their local partners will continue to monitor the conditions of flood control works, including levees, floodwalls and pumping stations, across the entirety of the district’s jurisdiction.

The district’s four north Mississippi flood control reservoirs – Enid, Grenada, Sardis and Arkabutla lakes – are being used to hold runoff, or excess rainwater, as a flood-prevention measure.

Citizens are encouraged to contact local authorities and management officials for updates about conditions in their area and should avoid activities on or near flood control works.

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Reeves puts seven more counties under mask mandates

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Gov. Tate Reeves providing a COVID-19 update from home Nov. 12 (image from video screen capture)

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced Monday that seven additional counties have qualified to be under more restrictive conditions due to rising COVID-19 cases.

The conditions, listed under his “Safe Recovery” executive order in effect through Dec. 11, include wearing masks in almost all public places.

Counties added to the list Monday are Hinds, Madison, Pontotoc, Tate, Winston, Itawamba and Montgomery. Added to the 15 counties already under more restrictive conditions, Mississippi now has 22 of its 82 counties included in the executive order.

“Let’s keep fighting COVID. Let’s protect ourselves and protect our neighbors,” Reeves said in a statement. “Let’s also keep praying. I believe if we work together, we can make a difference. We can slow the spread and bridge the gap between now and when this vaccine becomes readily available and protect the integrity of our health care system.”

The seven-day average of new cases in Mississippi is currently over 1,000. The state is part of a nationwide surge that is averaging more than 150,000 new cases daily from coast to coast.

Two vaccines have recently shown great promise in early testing. Neither is expected to be available to the general public until the spring of 2021.

The governor and his family are self-isolating after his youngest daughter tested positive for the virus.

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Three Vicksburg police officers test positive for COVID-19

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(Image by Felipe Esquivel Reed, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=87846813)

Three officers of the Vicksburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division have tested positive for COVID-19.

Monday, the department announced the results of tests completed earlier in the day.

The officers, who will not be named, will be quarantined for up to 14 days.

The department reminds the public to wear masks when conducting business at the police station.

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VIDEO – Capt. Randy Rippy honored at his retirement from the Vicksburg Fire Department

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Left to right: Pat “PatMan” Scallions, Doris Rippy, Capt. Rippy, Brittany Eaves, Cooper Eaves, Daniel Eaves and Colton Eaves (photo by Thomas Parker)

The Vicksburg Fire Department honored retiring Capt. Randy Rippy Monday.

Family and current and former co-workers gathered at Station 3 to honor Rippy, whose retirement becomes official at the end of his shift Tuesday morning.

Rippy has been a member of the department for 29 years. Chief Craig Danczyk spoke about working with Rippy as a young firefighter and how Rippy set the standard for public service with his work ethic.

Although Rippy is retiring from the Vicksburg department, he will continue to work with the fire department at Continental Tire where he has been working part time since March.

He becomes the third Vicksburg firefighter to retire and accept a position with Continental.

Left to right: Chief Craig Danczyk, Captian Rippy, Deputy Chief Trey Martin, Deputy Chief Derrick Stamps and Battalion Chief Carl Carson (photo by Thomas Parker)

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