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Quiet one — so far — on roads in Warren County this holiday weekend

The Memorial Day weekend has so far been a quiet one on the roads for Warren County authorities said Sunday.

Deputy Vicksburg police chief Bobby Stewart said as of 4 p.m. Sunday there had been no wrecks or DUI arrests in the city.

In the county, Sheriff Martin Pace said deputies worked six wrecks with no serious injuries and reported one DUI arrest.

The county’s biggest problem, he said, was fallen trees knocked down by a brief but violent storm with high winds that passed through the county Sunday morning.

According to the National Weather Service observation site at the Vicksburg-Tallulah Regional Airport, winds accompanying the system were measured at 16 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph.

“We had 12 to 15 trees blown down across the county and blocking roads,” Pace said. “Many had electrical wires in them so we had to wait for Entergy to come cut the power so we could remove them.”

The downed lines in the county and the city caused scattered power outages, which at one time had about 300 Entergy customers in the dark Sunday morning. Entergy customer service representative Shelia McKinnis said at 4 p.m. 71 customers remained without power and were expected to get their power back by 7 p.m. Sunday.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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