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|Mississippi falling, but still a problem|
The Mississippi River may be falling, but it's still having its affect on the Miss-Lou.
On Monday, three barges broke loose from a tugboat, with one barge striking one of the piers on the Mississippi River Bridge, with another striking the Grand Soleil Casino near the Natchez-Adams Port.
Adams County Civil Defense Director Stan Owens said the pier was inspected by officials from the Mississippi Department of Transportation and no damage was found.
"Vidalia Dock and Storage carried them out there and they found no reason for concern," Owens said.
The Mississippi River is at 56.1 feet today (Wednesday) after cresting at 57 feet earlier this month.
"The speed of the water is incredible," Owens said. "I've been out there a couple of times and it's incredibly fast. And there's a bottleneck between Natchez and Vidalia."
Joe McFarland with the Corps of Engineers' Vidalia office said the river is expected to go down to 54.8 feet by May 5, but it is still a dangerous situation.
"We're seeing a little decrease in some of the seepage, but we're not out of the woods yet," McFarland said. "It is looking much better, but we're far from getting back to normal operations. People still need to stay off the levee. We remain in Phase II when it's above 53 feet, which is 24-hour monitoring of the levees."
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