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Temporary housing for Vicksburg flood victims hits federal snag

The floodwaters from the mighty Mississippi have cut off access to every single home there. Source: WLBT The floodwaters from the mighty Mississippi have cut off access to every single home there. Source: WLBT
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

At Eva Street and Ford Road in Vicksburg, the neighborhood looks like a ghost town.

The floodwaters from the mighty Mississippi have cut off access to every single home there.

City officials anticipate the number of those displaced will likely increase.

Because of that, the Vicksburg Housing Authority announced Monday it has ten units available for those affected, but there's a catch.

"We understand that some people are displaced at this time, and you know, we'd love to place them in a home as quickly as possible, but again, there are rules and regulations that we have to follow," said Christopher Barnett Sr., who chairs the Vicksburg Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners.

Barnett said that President Obama must issue a federal disaster declaration for Vicksburg in order for those displaced to use the ten houses set aside.

"There have been some calls to come in to see from some residents and citizens in the area, asking what's available. 'What can you do to help us?' And again, we're still in a waiting mode as well as they are," Barnett said.

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs said they're still waiting, too.

The mayor said Governor Phil Bryant would have to petition the federal government to consider Vicksburg for federal aid.

Flaggs said they got the declaration for the 2011 flood that hit the River City.

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