City of Vicksburg closes part of Cherry Street after line, street collapse

Published 12:48 pm Wednesday, April 13, 2022

City officials closed Cherry Street from Commerce Street north to Fayette Street Wednesday after a more than 100-year-old terra cotta storm drain collapsed under the street, causing a sinkhole.

Public Works Director Garnet Van Norman said the sinkhole occurred after heavy rains hit the Vicksburg area Tuesday night.

“We’ve worked on that pipe I can’t tell you how many times in the 30-something years I’ve been with the city,” Van Norman said. “We’re probably going to have to declare an emergency to have it replaced, because it’s too deep for our guys to work on it. It’s 13 to 15 feet deep and the whole thing has to be replaced with a larger pipe to be done with it.”

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He said he has not discussed the problem with Mayor George Flaggs Jr., adding he is meeting with the mayor on Thursday.

Van Norman said the line needs to be replaced from a manhole cover further south on Cherry Street to Glass Bayou, where the line discharges the runoff it carries. He said a city crew recently repaired another section of the line that collapsed.

“It’s past its useful life,” Van Norman said. “There’s so much water that goes down it that when it rains hard, it blows the manhole cover off the manhole.”

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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