According to The Vicksburg Post yesterday, the depot's doors took a licking in the flood. Though most of the Yazoo & MS Valley RR station on Levee Streets has come through this year's record flood nearly unscathed, workers will have to replace at least three doors on the first flood because of water damage. Sitting in the flood waters it made the doors swell and warp.
The 104-year-old depot became somewhat of an icon of the MS River and Yazoo Diversion Canal's rise to a record height of 57.1 feet on May 19 before beginning its recession. Along the way, local, state and national news and television crews took photos and footage of the flooded area, with the depot in most shots.
When flood waters threatened, workers removed the sheet rock that had been installed on the first floor and moved it to the third floor of the building. The building's interior was covered by about 4 feet of water.
Once the waters receded, the contractor went in, removed the water and debris from the first flood and dried the area with fans. A dehumidifier on the building's first floor is being used to dry out the building materials. This is a slow process. Now, the roof on the main building is being repaired because a leak was discovered by workers working on the third floor. The passenger loading area was covered about 10 years ago with rolled roofing material that needs to be replaced.
Debris from inside the depot building.
Part of the temporary flood wall being dismantled.
At the front side doorway.
Flood wall coming down to make way for truck/vehicular traffic.
Sign that went underwater at the Depot.
Flood wall finally opened at the Entrance to the water front.