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FloodFest 2019 showed who we are

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FloodFest 2019 was well organized, well attended and, with any luck, will become an annual event.

 

The dog days of a Mississippi August summer were met head-on by the desire of Mississippians to love their neighbors. Thousands attended the event.

Local radio and news personality Thomas C. Parker used his experience from his many years as Col. Tom Parker, a promoter for Regional Wrestling Events, to organize and bring together this festival.

Redwood School was the backdrop for the food, vendors and musicians that showed up to help make this event successful. Each of them donated a portion of their proceeds to the 2019 United Way of West Central Mississippi Flood Relief fund. The United Way organized a special committee of trusted community leaders to oversee the collection and distribution of funds.

This event would not have been possible without the support of local businesses who funded the music and the admission.

We will have a separate story on the vendors and their participation.

Following is a pictorial of the day’s events:

Victoria Darden has become the face of the #finishthepumps effort. She was on hand to help explain the issue.

The view from the stage as local musicians The McAllister Brothers perform.

A beautiful cowgirl dances to the music at Floodfest 2019 in front of the items donated for the auction.

Radio stars Dailon Huskey, Chris Burks and Col. Tom Parker prep for the next stage.

An extremely gracious William Michael Morgan speaks with a young fan.

As the afternoon crowd started to wane, the evening crowd started to fill up the area.

A young dancer helped to entertain the crowd towards the back of the show.

Mayor George Flaggs, Col. Tom Parker and South Ward Alderman Alex Monsour take the stage as Dailon Huskey and Chris Burks exit the stage prior to the night’s headliner, William Michael Morgan, is about to perform.

Scott Randall Rhodes and the Mississippi River Band.

This group at the front of the stage had a blast while Scott Randall Rhodes and the Mississippi River Band played.

Col. Tom Parker enjoys a brief moment on the stage.

Three of the performers at Floodfest2019. Martin Pace, William Michael Morgan and Scott Randall Rhodes.

 

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MDOT announces I-20 lane closures near Clinton

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If your commute regularly takes you to and from Clinton, Miss., be advised that you will likely be dealing with slow traffic for a couple of months starting next week.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation announced today that it would be closing the inside lanes of both eastbound and westbound Interstate 20 at Norrell Road (exit 31) starting Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 a.m.

The work, which will make repairs to bridges over Norrell Road in Hinds County, is expected to take about 60 days.

Please use caution in the area and expect delays.

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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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Warrenton Road blocked due to accidents

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Warrenton Road is blocked from U.S. Highway 61 South to near Lady Luck Casino due to two accidents reportedly caused by a vehicle pulled over due to a medical incident.

Plan on taking another route until about 4:30 p.m.

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