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Road and weather update – 2 p.m.

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As of 2 p.m. Monday, road conditions in Vicksburg and Warren County are dire and worsening.

The outside temperature is 19 degrees and with wind feels like 7 degrees. Frostbite and hypothermia are a real threat. Do not go out if you do not have to go out.

Mayor Flaggs has issued a curfew from 12 p.m. Monday until 12 p.m. Tuesday.

Sheriff Martin Pace and deputies have worked over 50 stalled or stuck vehicles in the last 24 hours.

Statewide, MHP reports 443 incidents that troopers have responded to, 89 of which have been in our area.

There are countless stalled vehicles blocking roadways in the Warren County area including 18-wheelers blocking the interstate. Law enforcement is working at capacity to remove the vehicles safely. The emphasis has been on helping medical personal. Vehicles not in the roadway are being left where they were until after the disaster passes. Vehicles in the roadway are being pushed to the side of the road.

Warren County authorities are concentrating on transporting essential medical workers to and from work. If you have a medical event it will take much longer for an ambulance to reach you.

A vehicle fire was reported at the Circle K at the 4-way across from Beechwood. The fire was extinguished without further damage to the vehicle or surrounding structures.

The Vicksburg Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 1214 West Magnolia at 6:47 a.m. The fire apparatus was unable to make it up the hill, and firefighters had to lay hose up the hill to battle the fire. The structure was unoccupied and is a total loss. Firefighters were still on the scene at the last report.

18-wheelers are stalled on the hill on Interstate 20 near the Old 27 overpass which has the highway completely shut down.

In Madison Parish, Deputy Brandon Wilcher says there have been a few minor accidents with no injuries.

Officials continue to encourage residents to shelter in place. Authorities are also encouraging you to not ride all-terrain vehicles in roadways and streets as approaching vehicles might not be able to stop and thus cause a collision.

Most areas with significant inclines are impassible. Vicksburg Police have attempted to use chains on a couple of vehicles unsuccessfully as they break within a few minutes. However, some ambulances are able to successfully use the chains if they don’t exceed 15 mph.

Please continue to be mindful of elderly family and friends and check on them regularly.

If you do not have to go out do not go out. If you are out and have an incident it will take an extreme amount of time to assist you if they are able to assist you at all.

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