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MDOT reopens M-465 to Eagle Lake

Mississippi 465 has reopened, and Mississippi Department of Transportation officials are urging drivers using the road to exercise caution.

MDOT Central District Engineer Kevin Magee said the road was reopened 5 p.m. Friday.

The decision to reopen the main road into Eagle Lake came as the Mississippi River at Vicksburg fell to a level of 46.54 feet Friday morning.

“We will have barrels out marking the areas where there is water on the road,” he said. “There is water along the sides of the road, and the shoulders are very soft, so people will have to pay attention to their driving and stay on the road. That road is tough enough to drive under regular conditions. Right now, if you don’t pay attention, you’ll go into the water.”

Magee said conditions will improve as the water recedes.

The Mississippi is predicted to be at 46.2 feet Sunday and 45.9 feet by Monday.

MDOT officials closed Mississippi 465 May 14 as the Mississippi River rose toward its predicted crest of 48 feet. The river later crested at 49 feet May 26.

The flooding also forced city and county officials to close roads in several low lying areas, including Zigler Road, Laney Camp Road, Chickasaw and Long Lake Road, LeTourneau Road and several roads in the Kings community.

Warren County Emergency management director John Elfer said LeTourneau Road has reopened, but other roads remained underwater Friday.

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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