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Highway 465 at Eagle Lake today



Kevin McGee with MDOT gave the Vicksburg Daily News a ride down the closed part of Highway 465 so we could show our readers what is going on and why the roadway has not opened.

We learned a lot, saw a lot of problems and did our best to document them here for you. Here, in pictures and videos is what we saw:

The above 20-second video shows what 45,000 cubic feet per second of water drainage look like passing through the control structure at Steele Bayou.

MDOT crews have been steadily repairing roadways. Almost all of the roadway is repaired except the areas still blocked by floodwaters.

The soil along the roadway is sloughing and scarping away. All of it can be repaired.

The abutment on the corners of every bridge along Highway 465 had to be repaired. Some were filled with concrete, others with dirt.

The concrete drainage pipe in the culvert has crumbled after 4 months of being underwater. The pressure of the water shooting into it and then out of it while being submerged did it in. All the culverts are in danger of doing this.

This 15-foot deep hole is the result of a failed drainage pipe under the road. This issue exists all along Highway 465 from Highway 61 to Eagle Lake.

Kevin McGee with MDOT explains the issues remaining with Highway 465.

This area is the main problem area. Engineers cannot check the integrity of the roadway until the floodwaters go down in the field on the left.

The water flowing out of this culvert has eaten away at the ground above it. This area cannot be repaired until the water goes down. This damage and structural concerns related to this culvert, in particular, is the main reason Highway 465 cannot be opened.

Damage to the roadway that cannot be repaired until the floodwaters go down.

Kevin McGee with MDOT shows one of the main areas with damage from being underwater for 4 months. “This area can be repaired, but we can’t get to it until the water goes down” explained McGee.


Be On The Lookout for a Gray Impala with a Pizza Hut sign on top



Vicksburg Police stopped a gray Impala with a Pizza Hut sign on top for a traffic violation.


The officer returned to his vehicle to write the citation and do an information check on the driver. When the officer began to return to the gray Impala the driver sped away.

The officer gave a brief chase but the car was too far gone. Police are at the Pizza Hut to gather information on the driver. There is no word at this time on why the driver might have fled from police. More on this story as the information comes available.

BOLO – Be On The Lookout for a gray Impala with a Pizza Hut sign on top.

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Shell casings found at Robert Walker Building



The fight that led to shots fired at The Event Place last night also led to a conundrum; no one could  find the shell casings.


That all changed just a few minutes ago when a couple of Valley residents found them.

There were varying reports from eyewitness of the origin of the gunfire. Some thought they came from Washington Street and others said from Walnut Street. It turns out the shots were fired from the corner of South and Walnut street right next to the Robert Walker building.

The red marker shows the location where the shells casings were found. The Event Place is under the blue marker for Michel’s Record Shop.

Recovered were 4 nine millimeter rounds and one 40 cal round.

Here is a video from the scene:



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Amtrak resumes full Chicago-to-New Orleans service after flooding



Amtrak’s City of New Orleans is back on its full route between Chicago and Louisiana.

Since May, the train trip ended in Jackson for travelers headed south, another victim of this year’s Mississippi River flooding. The route south of Jackson has been closed because the Louisiana tracks were in danger, reports WJTV.

“They have to open the Bonnet Carré Spillway at a certain point in flooding,” Knox Ross of the Southern Rails Commission told WJTV. “And when they do that it becomes dangerous for passenger trains to get into New Orleans.”

Not only was the closure an inconvenience for passengers forced to find alternatives to the popular train route, it cost Amtrak money.

“If they’re going to ride a bus, they’re just not going to buy a ticket, so all of that is at Amtrak expense,” Ross continued. “So when the Bonnet Carré Spillway opens they can’t run the trains. They have to be serviced here in Jackson or Memphis and Amtrak has to pay for the buses.”

“It’s the convenience, it’s the comfort and the fast time that it takes so it’s … better than the bus,” a passenger said.

The City of New Orleans makes the trip every day from Chicago to New Orleans, making seven stops in Mississippi, and then returns. It’s roughly 19 hours one way for the full trip.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to


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