Two levels of city parking garage blocked off after damage discovered
Published 4:03 pm Sunday, February 16, 2020
City personnel inspecting the north parking garage, located at the intersection of Clay Street and Mulberry Street, discovered a problem that has resulted in two levels of the garage being blocked off.
At around 3 p.m. Sunday, city employees called 911 to say they had discovered a hole that had formed in the middle of the aisle on the top level of the four-level structure. Crews were concerned the hole was the start of a much larger issue and possible collapse of some of the parking deck onto the levels below.
Units with the Vicksburg Police Department blocked streets leading to the garage, while teams with the Vicksburg Fire Department staged in the event of a collapse.
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After city crews, along with Vicksburg Fire Chief Craig Danczyk and Mayor George Flaggs Jr., further inspected the damage, it was decided the third and fourth levels would be blocked off until a structural engineer could review the damage and provide more details.
“The damage is on the fourth level even with the Washington Street crosswalk. There’s no danger,” Flaggs said after reviewing the damage. “There are still two levels that will remain open.”
Flaggs said he hopes to have an engineer on-site Monday, but given Monday is a holiday, it would likely be Tuesday.