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2016 Vicksburg/Warren Flood Information

January 14, 2016 - The National Weather Service has lowered the current predicted river crest at Vicksburg to 50.2 feet on January 15, 2016.

January 10, 2016 - The National Weather Service has lowered the current predicted river crest to 50.5 feet on January 15, 2016. 


Mayor George Flaggs began the meeting by commending the team and volunteers who have, thus far, made a tremendous contribution to educating the public and protecting the safety of lives and property in the flood prone areas. He was particularly impressed with the number of volunteers and City employees and the speed in which they worked to complete the sandbagging of the Depot.

Before giving the floor to team members for reports, with relief apparent in his voice, he announced that the predicted river crest at Vicksburg has dropped another 6 inches to 52 ft. The river is still expected to crest on Friday, January 15.

Below is a list of streets that have been closed due to flooding.

logo entergy regRising water levels in our service territory have prompted Entergy Mississippi, Inc. to prepare to disconnect electrical service in certain areas inside the levee system. This action is being taken as a public safety precaution and to comply with the National Electric Safety Code.

The safety of employees and customers is Entergy Mississippi’s top priority. The National Electric Safety Code stipulates that electrical service must be disconnected if water levels rise too close to our primary lines. Service must also be disconnected any time water enters a dwelling or when water levels approach a structure’s electrical system.

textingThe City of Vicksburg has recently implemented a new texting service. This service allows City leaders to communicate faster and more effectively with their constituents. The texting service will also be used to send out notices of events, alerts, boil water notices and general information pertaining to City government and Vicksburg. Citizens can opt-in by texting keywords to the new service at 95577. 

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January 7, 2016 - The National Weather Service has lowered the current river crest prediction again. The river should now crest on January 15, 2016 at 52 feet. 


January 6, 2016 - The Flood of 2016 City of Vicksburg High Water Response Team held a public meeting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 6 to discuss preparations for the encroaching flood of the Mississippi River at Vicksburg.

Members of the team gave brief reports to City Officials, local media, and members of the community. The following information was discussed and shared with those present.

January 6, 2016 - John Elfer, Warren County Emergency Management Director, has announced that Highway 465 will close tonight at 6:00 p.m due to water levels.


The National Weather Service has lowered the expected crest level of the Mississippi River at Vicksburg to 52.5 feet. The crest has been moved up one day to January 15, 2016.


January 2, 2016 - The mainline levee resurfacing has been completed near Lake Chotard and Eagle Lake. Residents may use this alternate route to Low Water Bridge Road beginning today.


December, 31, 2015 - According to John Elfer, Warren County Emergency Management Director, there is no anticipated evacuation notice for any residents at Eagle Lake at this time.


December 30, 2015: The City of Vicksburg has announced that due to the installation of the flood gates, the intersection of Levee and Grove Streets will be closed to all traffic beginning Monday, January 4, 2016. Rerouted truck routes will be posted.


Pearl, Miss. (Dec. 30, 2015) – Governor Phil Bryant issued a State of Emergency this afternoon for the imminent threat of major flooding along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

The State of Emergency is an administrative tool that allows local governments to request state assistance to assist with response and recovery associated with these storm systems.

(VICKSBURG, MISS.) December 29, 2015: Members of the City of Vicksburg met this morning to discuss future plans for the anticipated flooding that will be affected the Vicksburg and Warren County area in the upcoming weeks. 

The Mississippi River gage at Vicksburg is predicted to crest at 54 feet on January 16, 2016. Flood stage at Vicksburg is 43 feet. The City of Vicksburg began work to close the floodwall gates today. On Monday January 4, the Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen plan to declare a state of emergency.

December 29, 2016 - Pursuant to Section 39 of the Special Charter of the City of Vicksburg that describes the duties specified only to the mayor of the city, I am appointing a High Water Response Team Committee to oversee and monitor the projected MS River cresting and flooding in the city. This committee will consist of Police Chief Walter Armstrong and Fire Chief Charles Atkins, who will serve as co-chairmen; Community Development Director Victor Grey-Lewis; Public Works Director Garnet Van Norman; City Attorney Nancy Thomas; City Accountant Doug Whittington; City Clerk Walter Osborne; Purchasing Director Ann Grimshell; Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Bill Seratt; IT Director Billy Gordon;

(VICKSBURG, MISS.) December 28, 2015 - As mayor of the City of Vicksburg, I have spoken with Public Works Director Garnet Van Norman, and he has informed me that the City of Vicksburg is taking all necessary precautions regarding the city's floodwall for a projected Mississippi River crest of 54 feet on January 15th or 16th. As the river rises, we call on all citizens in the northern part of the city to please make all  preparations and take all necessary precautions to be safe. The City of Vicksburg, along with emergency agencies, will continue to monitor the situation and keep the community updated. 

JACKSON, MS - December 28, 2015  - As a result of the recent severe weather and heavy rains that we have experienced in the past few days, the Mississippi River is beginning to rise at a rate in excess of that experienced during the floods of 2008-2009. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) would like to remind everyone of several important items.

Current River Conditions

VCKM6 Mississippi River at Vicksburg (Mississippi)

Current Hydrologic Alerts for Mississippi provided by the National Weather Service - Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service
  • Alert - VCKM6 - Mississippi River at Vicksburg (Mississippi)
    Alert conditions are not currently being met.

    Flood Categories

    Primary (ft)

    • Action : 35 ft
    • Minor : 43 ft
    • Moderate : 46 ft
    • Major : 50 ft

    Secondary (kcfs)

    • Action : Not Set
    • Minor : Not Set
    • Moderate : Not Set
    • Major : Not Set

    The forecast flood categories are the same as the observation flood categories.

    Gauge Data


    Latest Observation Category: Normal
    Latest Observation: 17.78 ft
    Latest Observation (Secondary): -999 kcfs
    Observation Time: Jul 29, 2016 08:00 AM -0500


    Forecast Issued: Jul 28, 2016 01:09 PM -0500


    Recent Category: Normal
    Recent Projected Forecast Available: 17.8 ft
    Recent Projected Forecast Available (Secondary): -999 kcfs
    Recent Projected Forecast Time: Jul 29, 2016 01:00 PM -0500


    Highest Category: Normal
    Highest Projected Forecast Available: 19.7 ft
    Highest Projected Forecast Available (Secondary): -999 kcfs
    Highest Projected Forecast Time: Aug 2, 2016 07:00 AM -0500


    Last Category: Normal
    Last Projected Forecast Available: 19.7 ft
    Last Projected Forecast Available (Secondary): -999 kcfs
    Last Projected Forecast Time: Aug 2, 2016 07:00 AM -0500

    U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Data and Site Info for Vicksburg: USGS ID: 0728900