Vicksburg troops help Eagle Lake community battle floodwaters

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The U.S. Army Reserves in Vicksburg answered the call for help
 from the Eagle Lake fire chief to help battle the floodwaters.
There’s now more manpower and new machinery  to protect the community.

 These soldiers didn’t think twice about helping  the Eagle Lake community.

“It’s in my blood it’s in my heart,” said Capt. Adam Corley with the U.S. Army Reserves.

The captain says more than 20 soldiers are out here from Vicksburg volunteering their time

 “The road is lower than the far side that is behind you,” said Capt. Corley. “So the floodwaters that have actually filled the flood areas where they do actully flood the flood areas and break open the dams to allow the Yazoo and Mississippi it has now crested and come across the road, and is now in the lower area. So now your going to backfill the Eagle Lake area, and Eagle Lake community.”

Now they’re chasing the water and trying to block it.
 Inmates from Parchman Farm also packed sandbags alongside the soldiers and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers brought this sand machine from New Orleans.
  The fire chief says can fill up to 1000 sand bags in a hour, all this to stop these floodwaters that have already covered and washed out roads.

Troops are expected back out at Eagle Lake on Friday.

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