Flooding-related updates

Published 9:36 am Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wednesday, May 11:

• Bourke Road and Anna’s Bottom Road in Adams County are now closed due to flooding and incidents of vandalism. The old Belwood Country Club property is also closed.

• The temporary emergency shelter for animals being evacuated in and around Natchez in advance of anticipated flooding from the Mississippi River is open at 507 North Wall Street. The shelter hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., but will increase if needed. Safe housing will be available for all dogs and cats at no charge to the owner for the duration of the flood emergency. For more information go to: http://natchezpetadoptions.org/Wall_Street_Shelter.html

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Anyone that needs to report an animal in danger (in Mississippi or Louisiana) should call the Adams County Sheriffs Office at (601) 442-2752. The shelter has been organized and created as a cooperative effort between UAN, HSUS, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office( ACSO), and the Natchez-Adams County Humane Society (NACHS).

Saturday, May 7:

• Silver Street is now a two-way street, with no on-street parking allowed. The only drivers allowed on the street are those with business at the bottom of the hill, not sightseers.
• Water began seeping under sandbags on Silver Street Friday, but the city used pumps to send it back into the river.
• Learned’s Mill Road has been closed to thru traffic.
• Roth Hill Road is closed to traffic. The gate may be open as Camo Construction Company works to complete work on the Natchez Trails Project, but un-authorized traffic is not allowed.
• D.A. Biglane Street will be closed starting today just past the Rosalie gift shop.
• The Isle of Capri Casino is closed staring today.
• Concordia Parish residents who may need shelter for their pets can contact the Adams County Sheriff’s Office at 601-442-2752. The ACSO and Natchez-Adams County Humane Society have set up a temporary shelter on Wall Street in Natchez.
• The Vidalia Riverfront is closed to all unauthorized individuals.
• The Vidalia Conference and Convention Center is closed.
• Water has not yet begun to touch the sidewalk of the Vidalia Riverfront.
• Riverpark Medical Center has relocated some of its offices to The Doctor’s Building, Suite H at Natchez Community Hospital.
• All Concordia Parish levees are closed to vehicles and unauthorized people.
• Mississippi River barge traffic continues. The U.S. Coast Guard says no date has been set for a stoppage.

Friday, May 6 updates:

• Concordia Parish was among 22 Louisiana parishes declared a flood disaster by President Obama, authorizing FEMA to coordinate disaster relief and making federal money and aid available.
Other parishes in Friday’s declaration are Avoyelles, Ascension, Assumption, Catahoula, East Carroll, Iberia, Iberville, LaSalle, Madison, Pointe Coupee, East Baton Rouge, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Tensas, Terrebonne, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

Thursday, May 5 updates:

• Adams County has been declared a federal disaster area in anticipation of major flooding. Other Mississippi counties included in the declaration were: Bolivar, Claiborne, Coahoma, Desoto, Issaquena, Jefferson, Tunica, Warren, Washington and Wilkinson.

• Promise Hospital of the Miss-Lou is temporarily moving its patient population to other Promise Hospital locations in Vicksburg and Baton Rouge. According to current plans, all patients will be relocated by Friday evening.

Wednesday, May 4 updates:


• One mile of both lanes of Louisiana 15, two miles south of Louisiana 131 will be closed starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 5, to all vehicular traffic. The closure will start 8 miles south of Vidalia and continue to 9 miles south of Vidalia.

Levee crews will be working to place sand bags in low sections.

The road will be closed until water recedes to a safe level.

The alternate route for traffic will be U.S. 84 to Louisiana 129 to Louisiana 565.

Businesses and restaurants:

• Magnolia Grill will be closed Thursday, May 5, due to construction of the temporary levee.  The restaurant Under-the-Hill will reopen at 11 a.m. Friday for  normal business hours. The restaurant will also be open seven days a week until forced to close by high water or unsafe conditions.

Check back throughout the day for updates as they are available.


• The Concordia Parish School District has revised its school calendar. School will now dismiss on May 18, instead of May 20. The district is sending out letters to parents Thursday.

School will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. May 18, and that day will be the teachers’ last day. The district also has an emergency plan in place if needed prior to May 18.