Vicksburg Fire Department workers grab a man, later identified as Walter Cook from flood waters at First East and Washington streets Tuesday. David Jackson-The Vicksburg Post
I was just thinking the other day that we have been very fortunate to have not lost a single human life through this whole ordeal, being the worst flood since 1927. Last night I read in our paper, The Vicksburg Post, that a city man had fallen into the high waters two days ago. He was 69 year old Walter Cook of Peal St. He was found by city workers near the flooded intersection after he apparently walked from his home through brush between Peal and North Washington Streets with waters chest deep. (I had taken pictures at this same location this past Tuesday where the big boat and Rusty's Restaurant is located a half a block away). Cook, who was disabled, had taken the shortcut for years to get to the Klondyke Restaurant, near the intersection, where he drank coffee most mornings, a cousin said.