Large portion of vacant lot on Farmer Street breaks loose

Published 1:39 pm Thursday, February 13, 2020

A hill softened by three days of rain collapsed Thursday morning, sending the large portion of a vacant lot on Farmer Street cascading down on a dead-end section of China Street covering a car on China with trees.

The slide occurred between the buildings at 1108 and 1114 Farmer St.

Property owner Sylvester Walker said the property was level and then gently sloped toward China Street.

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He said his brother, L.T. Walker, who lives across the street from the site, called about the slide.

“He said he heard a crackling noise and got out of bed to look,” Walker said. He said a car and a trailer on the property had to be removed by a wrecker. The car was on the edge of the slide area, he said, and the trailer was on the bottom of the hill.

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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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