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UPDATE: City of Jackson prepares for water loss, businesses close

This weekend half to two thirds of the Capitol City is expected to go without water for three days. 

Businesses have begun announcing closures because of the water crisis.

News Mississippi will continue to update as businesses close their doors through the 13th.

Restaurants that plan to close:

  • Broadstreet- closing Friday
  • Sal & Mookies – closing Friday
  • Deep South Pops (State Street location) – closing Saturday
  • Surin – closing Friday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Green Ghost – closing Friday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Mayflower Cafe – closed Saturday

Restaurants that plan stay open (with limited menus):

  • Saltine
  • Babalu
  • Pig and Pint
  • Walkers (open until pressure is lost)
  • Cups
  • McDades
  • Brent’s Soda Fountain- closing at one on Friday; opening at 10 on Saturday and Sunday, closing time undetermined
  • Quiznos- Open Friday; tentative on Saturday
  • Aladdin Mediterranean Grill
  • Hal and Mal’s
  • Barrelhouse

Several churches will be calling off services this weekend:

  • Evergreen M. B. Church: Spring Revival March 13-15 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • Mount Helm Baptist Church:  will not have service on Sunday
  • Woodland Hills Baptist Church: will not have service on Sunday

As a precaution the Mississippi Museum of Art will be changing their schedule for the final weekend of the 2016 Mississippi Invitational exhibit.

  1. The Palette Café will be closed on Saturday. Complimentary bottled water and snacks will be available.
  2. Portable restrooms will be available outside. On-site signage will direct visitors.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety Communication Director Warren Strain said that the DPS Headquarters Complex on East Woodrow Wilson Boulevard will close at 3:00 p.m. on Friday.

The water is set to be shut off at 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 10, and turned back on at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 12. After the water is restored a minimum 48-hour boil water notice will be issued.

The Jackson Police Department has announced that officers will be distributing and delivering water to the elderly and disabled starting Thursday, March 9 at 9:45 a.m. at Precinct 2. It is located at 3645 Metro Dr. (Metro Center Mall).

The city does not expect the downtown Jackson area to lose water. That includes Thalia Mara Hall. The performances scheduled for this weekend will continue as scheduled.

“Experience Hendrix,” will go on at 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday. “Once,” is hosting a Sunday reception from 6 p.m.- 7 p.m. with a performance immediately following.

The state Health Department said that 600 restaurants and business have been notified of the outage scheduled for Friday. Restaurants are being asked to cut back on their menu options, serve prepackaged drinks, and have ice shipped in.

For restaurants that lose all water they are required to stockpile water, and have portable restroom facilities for customers in order to continue operations during the outage.

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