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|One-foot drop expected on Mississippi as levee work continues|
The Mississippi River is expected to fall a foot during the next few days after reaching a crest on Tuesday of 57 feet at Vidalia.
While a relief to authorities, work continues to shore up levees and in controlling sand boils up and down the river.
Joe McFarland, head of operations and maintenance for the Corps of Engineers' Vidalia office, said "everything is in pretty good shape." He said some work has been underway maintaining the levee at Kemp Bend north of Waterproof.
Reynold Minsky, president of the Fifth District Levee Board, boarded a boat and rode the river Tuesday inspecting the levee from Lake Providence to Newellton.
"There are camps underwater, while the water is close to other camps," he said. "We saw alligators on the side of the levee and there is a lot of current."
He said sandbagging work is continuing at few of locations.
"We had a bad sand boil in East Carroll and were bagging it this morning," he said. "The river is at a standstill after cresting at 50.9 at Vicksburg and 57 at Vidalia."
Vidalia officials decided to close the riverwalk Monday and the Relay for Life has been rescheduled from May 2 to June 13
The Vidalia Riverfront walkway was closed following an incident in which two teenagers were pulled from the river Thursday after walking out into the Mississippi. They were rescued by bystanders.
Vidalia Police Chief Billy Hammers said the riverwalk will be closed until the water goes down.
Hammers stressed that Riverpark Medical Center, After Hours Clinic, Comfort Suites Hotel and the Vidalia Conference and Convention Center are open.
"But if anyone is walking on the riverwalk, they will get a ticket," Hammers said. "It's too dangerous and more and more people are not watching their kids. We're fortunate this wasn't a little fellow who went out there and that these boys could swim. Otherwise it would have been tragic."
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