By REGGIE ROSS
The president of the local railroad said plans to rebuild the recently burnt bridge crossing the Yalobusha River will begin immediately.
Ed Ellis, president of Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC, said contractors are on the move to repair the portion of the rail line, and he is offering a reward of $1,000 for information leading to who started the fire.
A source familiar with the problem indicated the bridge might be operational by Labor Day.
About 50 feet of the bridge was destroyed in a fire that occurred on July 4 and put a stop to all traffic coming from the south.
“We’ve got contractors looking to get started on the repairs,” Ellis said. “These are competent contractors that have come across these kinds of things before. They will put it back the way it was.”
Ellis said the rails are insured to cover events like these and will allow work to immediately start.
The Grenada Fire Department is not ruling out arson in the case, and the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s office has been contacted to assist with the investigation.
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