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Eagle Lake residents call for better communication from local, state and federal agencies

Eagle Lake residents told county, state and federal officials Saturday they want better communication between officials and the community over issues involving flooding and the progress of programs like the pumps project.

“Is there something that maybe the Corps (of Engineers) or somebody can get together and put up a website so we can get an official announcement (on issues)?” one resident asked state Rep. Kevin Ford, R-Vicksburg.

The question came at a meeting of Eagle Lake residents and officials Saturday afternoon at Eagle Lake United Methodist Church to discuss the current flooding.

“You get, ‘Well, I heard this and I heard that,’ and then next thing you know, this wasn’t true but this was partially true,” the man said, adding updated information from the Corps or another agency could help people get accurate information, “So there’s no guesswork where you’re at.”

Vicksburg District Commander Col. Robert Hilliard said the Corps and other officials needed to do a better job getting the information out “so we can speak with one voice.”

Warren County Board of Supervisors President Dr. Jeff Holland said all five supervisors were at the meeting, adding, “I hope you understand by all five of us being here today that our intent is to show you that we’re going to pay attention and that we want to communicate with you.

“You need to think about how you want us to communicate with you,” he said, pointing out the residents had mentioned communication several times during the meeting, “And identified the need for communication.

“You need to help us understand how else you would like us, the Board of Supervisors, to communicate with you; how you’d like the county to communicate with you and to the best we are able to do that, we will. Help us understand that.”

Several residents discussed problems they wanted help from the county. Holland said he would research what the county can do under state law to help the residents.

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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