The Viewfinder: Seeing (Natchez) in the rain

Published 12:09 am Thursday, January 3, 2019


NATCHEZ — Rain began to pour down on Natchez Wednesday morning and continued through the night.

That didn’t slow down visitors such as Megan Whitacre and Reuben Antvelink who drove from Jackson and were only stopping by Natchez for a day trip.

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“We have loved every second of it,” Antvelink said as the two held each other and walked down Main Street underneath an antique umbrella they bought during their visit. “Oh, we will definitely be back to visit and see Natchez when the weather is better.”

Cassell Carpenter Gross of Colorado is visiting her sister Esther Carpenter in Natchez and was walking out of Pearl Street Pasta with a friend when she got caught in the rain Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s been raining the entire time I’ve been here,” Gross said. “But I’ve still been able to see everyone.”

Natchez will be under a flash flood watch until Thursday night while heavy rain is expected to continue until Friday with a 40-percent chance of showers, National Weather Service forecasters predict.

Approximately 1,100 Entergy customers in south Natchez were without power most of Wednesday night.

Entergy customer service manager for Natchez, Tim Runnels, said crews worked through the evening to locate the source of the outage that stretched from south of Natchez Ford to J.M. Jones Lumber Company and Providence Road.

Power was restored to J.M. Jones Lumber Company and Providence Road area at approximately 9:15 p.m., Runnels said, and the rest of the customers had power restored shortly before 10 p.m.

The problems were due to bad switches that Runnels said were affected by heavy rains.

The outages were resolved, Runnels said, by transferring customers service to other circuits.