City of Vicksburg aids Jackson water crisis, approves sending water to capital city

Published 3:31 pm Thursday, September 1, 2022

Vicksburg is sending water to Jackson to help with its water problems in the wake of excessive rain and flooding by the Pearl River.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen at a special meeting Wednesday approved the donation of 10 pallets of water to Jackson with additional pallets to follow through next week.

The first five pallets were delivered to Jackson Thursday. Another five pallets of individual bottles will be delivered Friday followed by another five Tuesday and more pallets through Sept. 9.

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Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said plans are also underway to provide Jackson water from Vicksburg’s water treatment plant on Haining Road.

“We’re in the process of trying to work through that now,” Flaggs said Thursday. He estimated the city could provide Jackson with about 2 million gallons a day from the plant.

He said he talked with Gov. Tate Reeves’ office and Jackson officials about getting water to Jackson.

Flaggs said during the special meeting he received two telephone calls asking if the city could donate water to Jackson.

“They’re in a crisis,” he said. “We’re all our brother’s keeper. Jackson came to our rescue in the flood; I’ll never forget it — they helped us with sandbags and we’re just returning (the aid). I don’t wish this on anybody. I think this is one of the ways we can help.”

Excessive rain has increased problems at one of Jackson’s water-treatment plants and caused low water pressure through much of the capital city. The city has also experienced problems from flooding by the Pearl River. Reeves on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for the city.

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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