2,095 displaced in Warren County New pump in at City Front

Published 12:45 pm Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Reinforcements arrived Monday to weakened protection levees at Vicksburg’s floodwall at City Front and to barriers built by businesses as new numbers showed 2,095 people have been displaced countywide by the flooding Mississippi River.

A larger pump system removed some seep water off Levee Street near a leaky, makeshift floodwall at the old depot. In south Warren County, boats replaced vehicles as residents surveyed flooded homes for the first time.

About 1,181 dwellings are evacuated, of those 533 are primary homes, according to Warren County Emergency Management. An American Red Cross shelter has been set up at Hawkins United Methodist Church.

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The Mississippi River stood at 57 feet this morning, up four-tenths since Monday morning. A crest at 57.5 feet is predicted by Thursday, which would top the 1927 flood’s high mark by 1.3 feet.

A stench in the air near a breached levee protecting two businesses at the old Barrett Refinery site on Warrenton Road was analyzed and poses no danger to the public, according to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.