911 calls exceed 2,000 during winter storm

Published 12:48 pm Friday, February 19, 2021

For the five-day period from 12:01 a.m. Monday through 12:01 a.m. Friday, dispatchers for Vicksburg-Warren 911 received 2,339 calls for assistance as two winter storms it the area.

According to records from the center, dispatchers received 12:01 a.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Tuesday dispatchers answered 549 calls for help — 155 of those, Assistant 911 Director Bobby Rufus said, involved stalled vehicles.

From 10 a.m. Tuesday to 12:01 a.m. Friday the center received 1,790 calls, including 34 stalled cars, 22 wrecks and six possible structure fires.

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The total volume of calls between Tuesday and 12:01 a.m. Friday either answered by a dispatcher or made by a dispatcher to another agency or a person calling for service was 3,400, Rufus said.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said he and sheriff’s deputies were continuing to take doctors and nurses to work and people to medical appointments for things like dialysis.

“We are also still helping people whose cars have run off the road or stalled,” he said.

Vicksburg Public Works Director Garnet Van Norman said city is continuing to get the water system restored.

“We’re still chasing water leaks,” he said. “We’ve got leaks all over.”

Mayor George Flaggs said the basic problem with the system is ice in some of the lines.

“The water’s been back,” he said. “But we’ve got some areas where the water in the line is frozen. We’ve got the sun out and that’s going to help. Once that melts, the pressure will build and more water will flow. Entergy is working with us to get enough power restored.

Vicksburg Fire Chief Craig Danczyk said the fire department is providing water to residents at the Aeolian Apartments.

“The water is on, but not everyone has service, and the residents at the Aeolian have toilets they need to flush and other needs,” he said.

Danczyk said firefighters will deliver buckets of water to the residents.

“It’s not drinking water but they can use it to flush toilets,” he said. “I have one truck ready and as soon as another truck arrives, we’ll begin.”

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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