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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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Mayor to hold news conference Friday on COVID-19

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Mayor George Flaggs Jr. at a news conference Oct. 8. (photo via video screen grab/Video by Thomas Parker)

 Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. will hold a news conference Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the Robert M. Walker Building Board Room regarding COVID-19.

The current proclamation expires Monday, Nov. 2 at 8 a.m.

Look for updated information and plan to watch the news conference live on the Vicksburg Daily News Facebook page.

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Man drowns in Biloxi after filming Hurricane Zeta

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An Alabama man drowned Wednesday in Mississippi after attempting to get video on Hurricane Zeta.

Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer confirmed the man’s identity Thursday morning.

Leslie Richardson, 58, of Theodore, Alabama, was filming the effects of Zeta for his sister near the Broadwater Marina in Biloxi Wednesday night, the Sun Herald reports.

After filming, Richardson got into his car and attempted to leave the area.

“The deep water started to come around the vehicle,” Switzer told the paper. “He realized he was in trouble and called 911,” around 7:30 p.m.

By that time, it was too late. Water on U.S. Route 90 was already deeper than the military-style vehicles used by the police, and they could not reach him.

The last contact dispatchers had with Richardson, he said he thought his vehicle would float away. He then left the car in search of higher ground.

Around 9:30 p.m. a guest at a nearby hotel called 911 to report a body in the water. The guest attempted to revive Richardson without any luck. Switzer pronounced him dead at the scene.

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Greenwood mass shooter in custody

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(photo by Bill Oxford on Unsplash)

Police in Greenwood, Mississippi, have a suspect in custody for the Oct. 24 mass shooting that left two dead and eight others wounded.

Although police would not release his name, Deputy Chief Marvin Hammond Sr. of the Greenwood Police Department did say the suspect is a black male about 26 years old.

Hammond indicated that the suspect will be arraigned Friday afternoon in the city’s municipal court. The charges will likely include two counts of murder, eight counts of aggravated assault as well as a firearm possession charge as a felon. Hammond said the suspect is currently on parole; however, he could not immediately provide details on the previous charge. The weapon used was an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

The two people killed are siblings, Jonathan Pitts, 42, and his sister Katrina Pitts, 41, both of Chicago, who were in town for the funeral of their grandmother. The shooting occurred at a gathering after the funeral.

Those who survived the shooting have mostly been treated and released, Hammond said.

Police will release the suspect’s name once he has been formally charged.

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