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MDOT closely monitoring 465 at Eagle Lake; closure likely this weekend

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation is monitoring road and water conditions on State Highway 465 at Eagle Lake, and Bob Broadwater with MDOT anticipates closing the roadway at some point this weekend.

Water levels did not appear to have risen much overnight, Broadwater said, but he added that barriers, barricades and signage are already staged in the area.

MDOT officials will survey the area this afternoon to determine if the roadway is safe for continued use.

The road was closed almost a year to the day in 2019 due to flooding and wasn’t completely reopened for months.

When the road is closed, residents have the option of using the Yazoo Backwater Levee from Highway 61 back to Highway 465 or traveling to Onward and using the Mainline Levee. Large trucks and commercial vehicles must use the route through Onward.

Officials are hopeful that water levels will not reach the point that necessitates closing 465 from the Old Gin south to the Backwater Levee; however, if this occurs, they will open the Brunswick Extension Levee to light vehicle traffic.

Motorists are reminded that when traffic is redirected to the levees, cattle and wildlife may also cross the roadway. Speed limits will be enforced.

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Third COVID-19 vaccine proving 90% effective

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A third COVID-19 vaccine has proven effective in late-stage testing.

AstraZeneca, headquartered in the United Kingdom, announced Monday that its vaccine has shown to be 90% effective. Trials were conducted in the U.K. and in Brazil with about 23,000 subjects.

The vaccine will also be cheaper and easier to distribute that those from Pfizer and Moderna. AstraZeneca says its vaccine does not have to be stored in ultra-cold conditions, a big benefit in rural areas and developing countries around the globe.

The company has also committed to not making a profit on the vaccine, bringing its per-dose price to about $2.50. Pfizer’s vaccine will cost about $20 and Moderna’s between $15 and $25.

Additional trials are underway around the globe including in the U.S.

Pending approval, AstraZeneca expects to be able to begin distribution in January 2021.

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Polk Street home destroyed in overnight blaze

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An overnight fire on Polk Street has left one home destroyed and two neighboring homes damaged.

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The fire at 1028 Polk Street was first reported at 12:53 a.m. and was reported as a burning mattress on the front porch. Vicksburg Fire Department Battalion Chief Henry Williams reported that the house was heavily involved upon firefighters’ arrival, and VFD spent several hours battling the blaze.

Engines 6, 7, 8, Platform 1, Rescue, Fire Medic 40 and Battalion 1 responded to extinguish the fire.

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According to Vicksburg Fire Department Chief Craig Danczyk the structure is a total loss, and the homes at 1026 Polk Street and 1030 Polk Street also received damage.

There were no injuries reported.

 

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Multiple vehicle wreck at Mission 66 and Indiana Avenue

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First responders were on the scene of a multiple vehicle accident at Mission 66 and Indiana Avenue in Vicksburg Saturday evening.

Police and rescue vehicles were called to the scene around 7 p.m.

First reports say there are multiple injuries in this accident.

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide additional details as they become available. Please avoid the area if you can.

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