Dredger leaves Greenville for last emergency project

by Associated Press

Published: October 19,2012

Tags: dredge, dredger, dredging, drought, dry, emergency, federal government, low, navigation, port, river, transportation, travel, water, water level

VICKSBURG — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is bringing in a contract dredge from Greenville to work at the Port of Vicksburg by next week.

Corps officials tell the Vicksburg Post the Dredge Iowa is, owned by Illinois-based Great Lakes Barge Dredge and Dock Company.

Corps spokesman Kavanaugh Breazeale says the dredge was to leave Greenville today for the trip downriver.

Breazeale says the Iowa, at 32 feet wide and 130 feet long, is better suited to dredge in the shallow Yazoo Diversion Canal, where the port is located.

About $6.84 million in emergency dredging on shallow-draft ports between Greenville and Vicksburg began in late June.

Vicksburg was last on that list of ports on the main stem and on tributaries of the Mississippi River.

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