Record rainfall causes flash flooding and road closures

Published 6:52 pm Wednesday, January 15, 2020

For the second time in less than two weeks, Vicksburg was deluged by record-setting rainfall.

According to records at the National Weather Service office in Jackson, a total of 3.5 inches fell in the Vicksburg and Warren County area, breaking the 53-year-old record of .94 inches set in 1967.

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Jan. 3, 3.44 inches of rain fell in the Vicksburg area, shattering the previous record of 1.86 inches for the same date in 2019, according to Weather Service records. The record precipitation for both days has contributed to a total rainfall of 8.91 inches — 6.71 inches over the normal rainfall of 2.20 inches for the period.

Thursday’s forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of rain.

The heavy rain began falling early Tuesday morning, causing problems with water over the roads and slides in the northern part of the city.

Flooding was reported on several area roads including Grange Hall Road, U.S. 61 between Kirkland Road and Yokena. A tree was reported down on Old Jackson Road near Culkin Road, and water ponding was reported on other roads. A county road crew was called to clear a drain on Campbell Swamp Road.

Warren County Emergency Management Agency Director John Elfer said a woman was rescued by an off-duty Vicksburg firefighter after her car ran into high water at the intersection of Old Mississippi 27 and Paxton Road.

He said the firefighter, who came on the scene, waded into the water and had the woman out by the time help arrived.

Vicksburg street department superintendent Skipper Whittington said there were scattered reports of flooded roads in the city, and problems with landslides on North Washington.

“We had to shut down North Washington Street for 10 minutes or so while we got the mud back off the road and rocks out of the road,” he said. “We’ll have to wait until this rain stops before we can get back up there and start cleaning up.”

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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