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South Delta flooding puts 337,000 acres underwater

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A flooded field in the South Delta in 2019.

With the Mississippi River cresting today and the gates at Steele Bayou closed, the South Delta is already seeing substantial flooding this year.

Approximately 337,000 acres are underwater due to drenching rains in the past few months. The water is constrained by the Steele Bayou gates, which are designed to stop the Mississippi and Yazoo river waters from inundating the South Delta.

But if rainfall is also high, the backwater floods anyway, as it did last year with devastating effects. At the peak of the 2019 flooding, more than 550,000 acres were underwater for several months, destroying homes and preventing farmers from bringing in a crop.

Could this year be setting up for a repeat?

The Yazoo pumps, which could drain floodwaters from the South Delta regardless of the rivers’ heights, are still not installed; however, the “perfect storm” of conditions that contributed to the 2019 floods hasn’t occurred this year.

The Mississippi is expected to crest Friday at 45.5 feet at Vicksburg and begin to slowly fall for the next week or so. The backwater is at 92.24 feet, and Eagle Lake is 78.22 feet.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to reopen the Steele Bayou gates in early February.

Rain is in the forecast again starting Saturday night and into Sunday.

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One struck by a car on MLK

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One person has been hit by a car near 1911 MLK Jr Boulevard.

 

At 10:30 p.m. Friday night, a call came into the E911 call center that a person had been struck by a vehicle at that location. The vehicle is still on scene and police, fire medic 20, rescue and Ladder 3 are all en route to the scene.

The injured party is complaining of leg pain.

We will update this story as more information becomes available. For now, please avoid the area and allow emergency responders plenty of room to do their job.

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One shot on 61 South

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At around 4:30 this afternoon an individual showed up at University Medical Center suffering from a gunshot wound that he claimed had happened on 61 South in Vicksburg.

Vicksburg Police Investigators were dispatched to UMC to follow up on the incident. Deputy Chief Bobby Stewart tells us that at around 7:25 p.m. three individuals were taken into custody on Fog Drive off of 61 South.

One is believed to be the shooter, the others have outstanding warrants through Municipal Court.

This is a fluid and developing story. We will release additional information as it becomes available to us.

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USDA approves waiver to allow SNAP beneficiaries time to report losses

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The federal government has approved a request from Mississippi to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program beneficiaries additional time to report food losses due to severe weather and flooding this month.

The approval waives the requirement that SNAP losses be reported within 10 days to receive replacement benefits, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) announced today.

SNAP benefits are provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. With the waiver in place, families displaced by flooding will be eligible to get food replaced even if they can’t report the losses within the usual 10 days.

The waiver applies to Attala, Carroll, Chickasaw, Claiborne, Clay, Copiah, Greene, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Leake, Leflore, Madison, Quitman, Rankin, Warren, Washington, Wilkinson and Yazoo counties.

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