Gov. Phil Bryant visits Eagle Lake, assesses flooding from the ground

Published 5:39 pm Sunday, July 14, 2019

Gov. Phil Bryant toured the Yazoo Backwater Area Sunday afternoon to get a closer look at the problems at Eagle Lake and the rest of the flooded areas.

Bryant, who had previously toured the area by air, said after his tour “it is still shocking to see the sheer amount of water that we’ve got.

“It’s been here since February, and most of these houses have been under water since May.” 

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Part of the visit, he said, was to get more information for a Weather Channel program on the flooding here.

“Part of the frustration is no one seems to know the challenges that we have here,” Bryant said, “We’ve got a disaster that’s going on three months here in Warren County and the Backwater.”

Rain continued falling in Warren County as Barry continued north.

“We haven’t seen the rain we thought we were going to get,” Warren County Emergency Management director John Elfer said. “We’ve received about 11/2 to 2 inches,”

He said minor flooding was reported along North Washington Street and two trees were reported down, one on Halls Ferry Road and one on Mississippi 3.

Entergy Mississippi customer service representative Shelia McKinnis said 76 outages were reported across the county. All were expected to be restored Sunday night.

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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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