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Highway 465 at Eagle Lake today

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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.

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A happier ending

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You may recall the incident we reported on September 26 where a younger lady drove her car into the back of a house on Chambers Street.

 

It was one of the more bizarre stories we’ve covered. To hit that porch the car had to travel down a dead end street, turn into a private drive and swerve around a parked car to hit that porch. The homeowner, Taylor Ransone summed it up when he said “she appeared to be confused.” The vehicle left the scene and was not found.

A bewildered Taylor Ransone surveys the damage from the car that struck the back porch of his house.

On Friday Mr. Ransone made contact with the Vicksburg Daily News to give us an update on the story. He announced “Sgt. Bobby Jones with the Vicksburg Police Department told him the driver of the vehicle had contacted the police to confess to the accident.” She had a “medical event and had no memory of crashing into the back of his house” reported Ransone. But after being released from the hospital last week she started to piece it together and called Sgt. Jones.

The car came down the side street, where people are standing, swerved left, missed the grey car parked behind the home and impacted the back porch with enough force to dislodge the pillar.

The lady has insurance and is recovering from her medical event.

Homeowner Taylor Ransone was pleased to say “You never know what people are going through. I am glad she got help and, of course, that she wasn’t seriously injured.”

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Announcing – Q&A with the Mayor

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Ask the Mayor anything.

 

Mayor George Flaggs has agreed to allow the Vicksburg Daily News to host a Question and Answer session – live and online – with you to answer all your questions.

 

The recent meeting with the Police Department has enraged a lot of locals and they are crying for transparency. Mayor Flaggs contacted the Vicksburg Daily News to create and host this event. We decided to waste no time and get it done tomorrow, Tuesday the 15th, at 3:30 p.m.

 

Just post your question here in the comments, message them to the Vicksburg Daily News Facebook page or post them during the live stream tomorrow. The Mayor will not have any of the questions ahead of time and has promised to do his best to answer any and everything.

 

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Police still searching for 3-year-old missing since Oct. 12

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Kamille Cupcake McKinney

The Birmingham Police Department and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency asks for your assistance in locating Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, who is believed to be in extreme danger.

She is a black female, 3 years old, 3 feet tall, weighing 60 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Kamille was last seen wearing a pink T-shirt with Minnie Mouse leopard print design, leopard print shorts, and yellow, white, and blue hair bows at a birthday party at the Tom Brown Village housing community around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2019.

Kamille may have been abducted by a man and woman traveling in a dark-colored black or blue SUV, possibly an older model Toyota 4 Runner with rims and a tan protruding bumper.

Reportedly, the vehicle has been found, and WAPT has reported that one person of interest is in custody, but police are still searching for Kamille.

If you have any information regarding this missing child, please contact the Birmingham Police Department at 205-254-0841  or call 911.

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