Vicksburg residents told to secure almost a week’s worth of water

UPDATE: 05/17/2017 2:05pm  Residents of Vicksburg are being told to secure water for almost a week after a water main break that Mayor George Flaggs describes as the “worst case scenario” since he has been mayor.

City officials say a 36-inch water main broke.  That main is the primary conduit for the water plant.  It sits ten feet below ground in an area near Haining Road, which is affected by river flooding.  Because of the flooding crews will have to build a dam around the break and pump out the water just to get to the water main.  Eighteen truckloads of dirt are being brought in to build the dam.  That process is expected to take between 24 and 48 hours.  Once the dam is built repairs could take up to five days.

The Vicksburg Police Department and Vicksburg Fire Department are working to make certain that residents who are vulnerable have adequate supplies of water.  Residents are being told to get water if they can.

City officials say a news conference has been scheduled for 4:00pm today.


UPDATE: 05/17/2017 11:59am Because of the water outage in the city some schools in the Vicksburg Warren School District are closing early today.

The following schools will close at 12:15pm:

  • Bowmar
  • Warrenton
  • Tiger Academy

The follow schools will discuss at 1:00pm:

  • VHS
  • AOI
  • Fresh Start and STAR Academies
  • Vicksburg Junior High School
  • Warren Junior High School

All other schools will dismiss at the regular time.


Original Story:

VICKSBURG, Mississippi (WJTV) – The City of Vicksburg, Mississippi says a break in the water line coming from the city’s main water plant is affecting all city water customers.

According to a posting on the city’s Facebook page, crews are working to repair it now.

WJTV is working with authorities to learn more.  This post will be updates as soon as more information is available.

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