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Mississippi city gets federal funds to tackle erosion issues

A Mississippi city got over $2 million from the federal government to fix erosion problems that contributed to bridge collapse in 2017.

The damage began when river water that entered the Hennessey Bayou during the Mississippi River flood in 2011 quickly receded, The Vicksburg post reported. The federal funds, which were finalized on Monday, come over a year after the Kemp Bottom Road Bridge was demolished following its collapse.

The city is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stabilize the bank and begin construction on a replacement bridge. In addition to the recent grant by the National Resource Conservation Service, the city has received $3 million in emergency funds from the Mississippi Transportation Commission for the project last year.

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