Yazoo Floodgates May Be Opening Soon

YAZOO BACKWATER, MS (Ben Caxton) — As water levels on the Yazoo backwater creep toward a record high 97.4 feet over the weekend, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is alerting residents that the Steele Bayou floodgates will likely be opened over the first couple of days in April. Water backing up behind the structure has forced the closing of major area highways through the area including Mississippi Highways 1 and 465. If the current dry weather holds and the flood gates are opened on schedule it will take until mid-April before all roads emerge from under the flood waters. People needing assistance with flooding in the area can get help at a temporary office of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency that is open at the Vicksburg Mall.


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