Continuing Coverage: Vicksburg declares emergency after water line breaks

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The city of Vicksburg has declared an emergency after a water line broke, shutting off water to most of the city.

Water graphic by MGN.

Multiple news outlets report the 36-inch main line from the water treatment plant broke Wednesday and the rupture is currently underwater. Mayor George Flaggs Jr. says the rupture is in an area covered by floodwaters from the Yazoo Diversion Canal.

The Mississippi River was at 46.7 feet on Wednesday and is expected to crest Sunday in Vicksburg at 48 feet.

Flaggs says the whole city will be without water for at least 5 days.

Students in several schools in the Vicksburg-Warren School District were sent home early and a number of restaurants have closed as a result of the water emergency.

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