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Fallen trees, rain plague area roadways

Published 11:06 am Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Two days of rain and high winds spawned by a low-pressure area moving across the central and southern U.S. dumped a total of 3 inches of rain in the city and left more than 4,000 people without power this morning in Vicksburg and Warren and Claiborne counties.

The rain and winds entered Warren County just before 5 p.m. Monday, stopped for several hours during the night, and resumed about 5 a.m. today.

“We’ve got trees down all over and blocking roads,” county emergency management director John Elfer said. The list of locations included Birdsong Road, Tiffintown Road, the 1800 block of Old Highway 27, two trees down on Blossom Road near Mississippi 27, and Gibson Road at Owens Road. He said a tree was also blocking Interstate 20 westbound near the Bovina exit, which was reported to have interstate traffic backed up past Edwards.

Entergy spokesman Tammy Rankin said a pecan tree falling on a power line at the corner of Farmer and Jackson streets knocked out service to 125 customers in the Farmer Street and Jackson Street areas, including the Warren County Courthouse.

She said a tree fell on a transmission line near the Entergy substation on Warrenton Road, knocking out power to customers from Warrenton Road south to Willow Road and McCaa Road in Claiborne County.

“We have about 4,500 people without power, mainly in South Vicksburg and into Claiborne County,” she said. “That number includes about 600 who were without power yesterday because of the weather.”

She said power should be restored by about 11 a.m. “unless the crews find more serious damage.”

No other problems were reported in Vicksburg. Public Works Director Garnet Van Norman said no streets were flooded from the rain and no landslides were reported. The only tree down was at Farmer and Jackson.

“We’re in good shape,” he said this morning.