Crews work to repair pipes, power lines in Vicksburg


VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) – A lack of running water and power outages are the top two problems left by this week’s ice storm in Warren County and Vicksburg. Public works crews had to wait until Thursday morning to find out where the major water main breaks were in the city.

As far as Entergy Mississippi customers go, more than 6,200 homes and businesses were without power on Thursday. Running water is slowly coming back for homeowners in some areas in Vicksburg.

Crews were able to find one of the water main breaks at the Vicksburg Forest Production Yard, where the fire prevention system came loose. Water gushed out of the ceilings, pipes and walls in several buildings.

“If anyone in the City of Vicksburg sees any amount of water leaking from a City street or City water main, please report it to me immediately by calling my cell phone — 601.942.0492. These unidentified leaks are causing our water pressure to remain low across the City,” said Mayor George Flaggs.

Ice also weighted down electrical wires in the city and county. It forced neighbors to turn to canned foods and boxed snacks all day, while wearing layers inside their homes. Most lost power Wednesday evening.

“I left the house going to get some gas cans filled up to power the generator. The roads were a little better than they were yesterday, so I’m getting out and about. Power went out yesterday afternoon, so I got gas logs fireplace which are heating pretty good. So we’re cooking on a grill outside,” said Paul Harbin, who lives in Warren County.

For the third time this week, Interstate 20 came to a standstill in the westbound lanes, backing up traffic for more than six miles.

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