Salute to Industry on hold
by Kaitlyn Tucker
May 05, 2011 | 2438 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The 2011 Economic Development Foundation’s Annual Meeting and Salute to Industry dinner has been postponed until further notice.

The event, created to honor a person or group who has had a significant impact on industry in Bolivar County, is traditionally held on the dock of the Port of Rosedale.

As a result of the current and predicted flooding along the Mississippi River, the dinner has been delayed.

It was originally scheduled for May 12.

“Basically, we decided to postpone this because of the water situation,” said Chairman of the Economic Development Foundation Mark Williams. “We think it is in the best interest of everyone.

“Flood waters are on everyone’s mind,” he continued. “We always look forward to this event and we will do this at a later date.”

The Mississippi Levee Board announced earlier this week that the levees will be closed Saturday night.

Although the levees will be closed to the general public, the Port of Rosedale was not issued a close order.

“We just decided (this) for a couple of reasons,” said Chamber of Commerce President Judson Thigpen. “There was uncertainty about being able to have access to the port next Thursday. They’re talking about shutting down the levvee.

“Then we got to thinking about all the people who are being displaced and (felt) the timing for this was not good,” he continued.

Although the port will remain open for the time being, water levels on the river are past the flood stage.

As of 8 a.m. this morning, the river stage closest to Rosedale was at 45.3 feet.

According to the National Weather Service, the flooding in this area has also increased from “moderate flooding occurring” to “major flooding occurring.”

Each year, the event is put on by the Economic Development Foundation arm of the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce.