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Warren County officials hold special meeting on road conditions – you can help

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Warren County officials met Friday to map out a plan of action for waterlogged area roads. (photo by David Day)

~~~601-631-8800 is the number to report dangerous road conditions~~~

With public safety as their No. 1 concern, Warren County officials are asking for the public’s help in keeping up with problems on county and Vicksburg roads due to the recent heavy rains.

“If you see a danger, or you see a wash, please let your supervisor know” said District 1 Supervisor Ed Herring. Once a problem is known, the county can make plans to get it fixed. 601-631-8800 is the number to call if you see a problem. You can call 911 if you believe the situation to be dangerous and in need of immediate attention.

In a special meeting Friday afternoon, the Warren County Board of Supervisors met with John Elfer, director of the Warren County Emergency Agency, County Engineer Keith O’Keefe, Sheriff Martin Pace and County Road Manager Larry Flowers to stay abreast of road problems and draft a plan of action to ensure the public’s safety on area roads.

“Mother Nature has dealt us a good one here,” Herring said. With nearly non-stop rain, trying to fix the roads between the storms is a real challenge.

“We haven’t had enough decent weather to begin repairs,” Flowers said during the meeting. Elfer added that repairs to the section of U.S. Highway 80 that collapsed earlier this week could take up to six to eight months.

In just the last week, Warren County has seen multiple mudslides, trees falling onto roadways and road damage caused by flood conditions. The ground is saturated, and heavy traffic in many areas has caused excessive roadbed deterioration in the soft, shifting soil. With more rain in the forecast, it’s likely more road issues will surface.

A section of Redwood road (photos by Thomas Parker)

With 2 or 3 more inches of rain expected next week the already soaked roadways are especially susceptible to heavy equipment and trucks, such as logging or gravel trucks.

“With the roads as saturated as they are and the mud on the roads, there is some grave concern with these heavy vehicles … causing more and more damage to the already failing pavement,” Herring said.

Sheriff Pace suggested that in extreme cases the supervisors may want to consider cutting off log and gravel trucks from using the roads until the emergency has passed citing that the alternate routes were no better. No decision on his suggestion was made.

More than a dozen roads have been identified as problematic, with several already blocked off.

Redwood and Oak Ridge roads are at the top of the list of damaged roads, with severe mudslides, shoulder washouts, and asphalt giving way and cracking. “We also have some undermining to the roadway itself,” Herring said.

County officials closed a section of Redwood Road from the 1500 block to the 1900 block Friday afternoon as unsafe.

O’Keefe said the county road crews do a great job and can make a lot of the necessary repairs, some repairs may need to be bid out. “Some of these roads are going to require structural solutions,” O’Keefe said, “not just some backfill and asphalt.”

The county engineer said he was currently focused on immediate threats and keeping up with damage assessments, and suggested the county put together a road-assessment task force.

Another area of great concern is Eagle Lake Shore Road, which was heavily impacted by the floods last year. Currently, water is cascading over the roadway.

“We will provide materials to assist at Eagle Lake,” Elfer said. “What we’ve learned from last year is we have to ask if the work is going to be worth the effort.”

Mississippi Highway 465 will most likely close at some point, he added.

If you see a dangerous roadway please immediately call 601-631-8800. If you believe the danger is serious enough call 911.

 

David Day contributed to this report.

 

 

 

 

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Vicksburg Firefighters quickly extinguish apartment fire

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Firefighters at the Shadow Cliff Apartment fire. (Photo by Tommy Parker)

Vicksburg firefighters quickly extinguished a stove top fire at the Shadow Cliff Apartments on Alcorn Drive Monday Night.

 

At 10:08 p.m. a fire was reported at the apartments that sit between the New Main apartments and Greater Grove Missionary Church. Alcorn Drive was shut down as firefighters worked to supply water to the fire.

The resident, who is visually impaired, smelled smoke and did exactly what firefighters and Chief Danczyk recommend – if you smell smoke call 911.

The resident had left something on the stove and it burned, creating the smoke.

“I always take fire calls seriously. Several years ago I answered a call where there were children still in a house. I had to put them out of a window then follow them out. This one turned out well in that no one was injured. Don’t hesitate if you think you have a fire. Dial 911 and get out!” explained a passionate Eric Paymon, Adam 3 with the Vicksburg Police Department.

Battalion 1, Platform 1, Ladder 3, Rescue, Fire Medics and numerous Vicksburg police officers including Adam 3, responded to the fire.

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China Grove temporarily closed due to an accident

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The Kia Forte and utility pole. (photo by Tommy Parker)

At 9:06 p.m. Monday night, a call came into the 911 call center of a single vehicle accident at 2060 China Grove Road. The impact took out power to the area and created a hazardous situation with power lines on the ground.

 

The area between Gibson Road and Nine Mile Cutoff will be closed while the wreck is cleaned up.

A utility pole was knocked down by the impact of the vehicle that ended up on its roof. Power to the immediate area is out and there are power lines on the ground. About 10 homes are without power according to Entergy.

The Kia Forte with full air bag deployment with electric wires on it. (Photo by Tommy Parker)

The driver of the grey Kia Forte suffered only minor injuries. He was checked out by first responders and released at the scene.

Daniel Thomas is working the accident for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office being assisted by Deputies Cordell Watkins and Thomas McBride . Responding to the accident were Fire Boss Jerry Briggs, Fisher Ferry Chief Mitch Lange along with Tim Wood and Robin Knighton of the Fisher Ferry fire department who worked the accident scene from Engine 303.

First responders and Warren County Fire Boss Jerry Briggs are requesting you avoid the area until the accident scene is deemed safe.

 

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City says gas smell poses no danger

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Numerous Vicksburg residents have reported a strong odor similar to natural gas in the city.

City officials say the smell is apparently due to a release on the harbor, and that it poses no danger.

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