Continuing Coverage: Vicksburg Water Crisis - Mayor's Friday Press Conference

VICKSBURG, Miss. (KNOE) -- Update (5/19/2017): Click here to watch the latest press noon press conference.


Crews have been on the scene of Vicksburg's broken water line for more than 24 hours, trucking in dirt to build a dam around the broken pipe, which is submerged under at least 10 feet of Mississippi River floodwater.

"This is something we didn't ask for," Mayor George Flaggs said during a conference Thursday afternoon. "Having a 36-inch water line submerged under 12 feet of water is devastating."

Flaggs says Vicksburg residents should prepare for five days without water, but crews are moving ahead of schedule.

The dam will allow the water to be pumped to give workers access to the broken pipe. It is unknown how it broke.

"We have to get there to see it," says Flaggs. "It could be minor or major. That's the way underground piping works."

Flaggs says he has no doubt about the community's tenacity in the meantime.

"They're forgiving. They're forgiving people. They're resilient people. They understand."
The news conference has ended. You can rewatch it here on Facebook.

The City of Vicksburg is in an urgent water crisis, due to a major water main break, and thousands of Vicksburg residents could be without any water for a minimum of 5 days.

The Radio People, with stations serving Vicksburg, Jackson, Meridian, and Monroe, LA, have joined together to support the residents of Vicksburg. They are conducting a bottled water drive, for the City of Vicksburg today. The Radio People are asking you to drop off your donation, today, at the location nearest you.

Starting at 10 am on Friday, if you, or someone you know, are in need of water, you can come by The Radio People, at 900 Belmont Street, in Vicksburg, and get free water, while supplies last.

900 Belmont Street, Vicksburg, MS
265 Highpoint Drive, Ridgeland, MS
3436 Highway 45 North, Meridian, MS
1109 Hudson Lane, Monroe, LA

Previous story:
The city of Vicksburg has declared an emergency after a water line broke, shutting off water to most of the city. For previous information, see our previous story.