Most residential power restored, streets opened

Published 4:49 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019

City streets are open and three county roads remained blocked as city and county work crews begin looking to start the cleanup process to complete one part of the recovery in the aftermath of three EF-2 tornados that hit the county.

“All of the streets are open,” North Ward Alderman Michael Mayfield said. “The only street that was delayed was Bazinsky (Road) which had some telephone and cable wires down, but it’s open now.

“We’ve got the trees out of the roads and we’re getting ready to start cleaning up,” he said. “I’ve got two or three crews ready to begin cleaning up; one, I believe, started late this morning; we’re going to get all the debris off the streets an the sidewalks.”

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Warren County Emergency Management director John Elfer said Boy Scout Road, Ridgelawn Road and Fox Road remained closed in the county.

“Everything else is open,” he said.

A number of homes and businesses, he said, were damaged by the storm.

“We are at 182 houses that were in someway affected (by the storm), 21 businesses and one church, Elevate Church on Manor Drive,” Elfer said.

Of the 53 Entergy customers still without power, he said 10 of those were the result of damage from the tornado. The remainder of the outages, he said, were mostly in the flooded areas like Chickasaw and Ford Subdivision.

Shelia McKinnis, Entergy customer service representative, said some the homes still without power were in areas where the lines were on private property and the customers will have to clear the area for service crews.

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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