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Mississippi to receive $16.6 million to repair roads and bridges damaged in last year’s floods



Mississippi roads flooded during 2019.

Mississippi is slated to receive a total of $16,584,320 in emergency relief funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.

According to a USDOT press release, $10,262,491 will be allocated for February 2019 flood-related damage and $5,671,829 allocated for Dec. 27, 2018 flood-related damage. Another $650,000 will be allocated to Mississippi federal lands for the February through April 2019 rains.

The funds are part of $653.2 million in emergency relief going to make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, mudslides and other unexpected events. Funds are going to 37 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced today.

“This $653 million in federal funding will help communities repair their transportation infrastructure damaged by recent natural disasters,” Chao said in the release.

“These (emergency relief) funds will go a long way in restoring the state’s damaged roads and bridges following several severe weather outbreaks last year,” said Melinda McGrath, Mississippi Department of Transportation executive director. “We are grateful for the federal assistance and look forward to facilitating these repairs as quickly as possible.”


Vicksburg firefighters respond to early morning blaze



An early morning fire in Vicksburg April 2, 2020. (Photo courtesy Vicksburg Fire Department)

Vicksburg Warren 911 received a report of heavy smoke in the area of the 500 block of Farmer Street in Vicksburg at around 7 a.m. Thursday.

Constable Glenn McKay located the fire in the 1900 block of East Main Street in a heavily wooded area. Two structures were fully involved McKay said.

The structures were apparently abandoned, according to Vicksburg Fire Chief Craig Danczyk, who added that tax records indicate they are owned by an estate.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries have been reported at this time.

Responding units included Platform 1, Ladder 3, Engines 2 and 6, along with Rescue and Fire Medic 40. Danczyk, Deputy Chief Derrick Stamps and Battalion 1 were on the scene for incident command.

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Barges hit the Old Vicksburg Bridge this morning



Barge on the Mississippi (Photo by Dirk from San Diego, CC BY 2.0,

The Old Mississippi River Bridge at Vicksburg was struck by barges this morning at around 7:34 a.m.

Warren County Bridge Superintendent Herman Smith said the Motor Vessel Jason W. Nyberg was southbound when the collision occurred. The barges struck pier 4 on the 92-year-old structure.

The Nyberg was pushing 10 empty and two loaded tank barges, and the collision caused the tow to break apart. Vessels from Ergon Marine responded and captured the barges south of the Vicksburg bridges. No barges sank as the result of the incident, and there have been no reported injuries.

Smith added that train traffic has been halted on the Old Vicksburg Bridge until a bridge engineer can complete an inspection for damage.

The Nyberg is owned by Marquette Transportation of Paducah, Ky.

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Mississippi COVID-19 deaths now number 26; Warren County facility among 22 being investigated



Another 104 COVID-19 cases and four new deaths bring Mississippi’s totals to 1,177 cases and 26 deaths.

The Mississippi State Department of Health’s newest statistics are updated daily based on information provided the previous day.

As of today, MSDH is reporting outbreaks in long-term care facilities because they are considered high-risk locations due to the age and health of residents.

“Even one case of COVID-19 in these facilities among residents or employees is considered an outbreak. We investigate residents, staff and close contacts of infected individuals for possible exposure,” the MSDH website states.

An outbreak is being investigated in Warren County among 22 in the state.

Anyone with symptoms of fever, severe cough or severe chest pains – especially those who are older or in poor health – should call their doctor or healthcare provider for instructions on safely being examined. Healthcare providers can assess your health history and symptoms, and perform testing for COVID-19 as needed.

For a list of clinics testing for COVID-19, click here.

For more information, visit the MSDH website or call the COVID-19 hotline (available 24/7) at 877-978-6453. Hard of hearing? Dial 711 for assistance.

Mississippi COVID-19 cases, deaths and LTC outbreaks to date

County Cases Deaths LTC Outbreaks
Adams 14
Alcorn 3
Amite 4 1 1
Attala 12
Benton 5
Bolivar 27 1 1
Calhoun 4 1
Carroll 3
Chickasaw 14 1 1
Choctaw 7
Claiborne 1
Clarke 4
Clay 7
Coahoma 23
Copiah 10
Covington 3
Desoto 103 1
Forrest 26 1
Franklin 3
George 4
Grenada 4
Hancock 22 1 2
Harrison 53 1 1
Hinds 118 1
Holmes 16 1
Humphreys 4 1
Itawamba 3
Jackson 57 1 1
Jasper 2
Jefferson 1
Jones 6
Kemper 4
Lafayette 16 1
Lamar 8
Lauderdale 46 2
Lawrence 5
Leake 6
Lee 24 1
Leflore 20 1
Lincoln 14
Lowndes 10
Madison 55 1
Marion 5 1
Marshall 18 1
Monroe 11 1
Montgomery 8 1
Neshoba 4 1
Newton 4
Noxubee 4
Oktibbeha 20 1
Panola 8 1
Pearl River 36 1
Perry 6 1
Pike 21
Pontotoc 10
Prentiss 4 1
Quitman 4
Rankin 50 1
Scott 13
Sharkey 2
Simpson 4
Smith 6 1
Sunflower 12 1
Tallahatchie 2
Tate 12
Tippah 29 2
Tishomingo 1
Tunica 14 1 1
Union 4 1
Walthall 10
Warren 2 1
Washington 29
Wayne 1
Webster 8 1
Wilkinson 17 2
Winston 9
Yalobusha 7
Yazoo 11 1
Total 1,177 26 22


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