Posts Tagged ‘water level’

American Queen stranded in Memphis due to low water

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The American Queen steamboat is docked in Memphis, Tenn., unable to paddle on down the Mississippi River because of low water. A trip that began Aug. 3 at Louisville, Ky., was cut short well before the steamboat’s destination of Vicksburg. American Queen Steamboat Company’s Tim Rubacky tells The Commercial Appeal navigation problems […] [...]

Low river allowing saltwater to threaten drinking supplies

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Army Corps of Engineers said yesterday it would construct an underwater sill in the Mississippi River as it seeks to stop saltwater from threatening drinking water supplies in the New Orleans area. It’s needed because water levels in the drought-stricken Mississippi have gotten so low that the river is nearly at […] [...]

Sediment from last year’s flood impacting dredging on low river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Army Corps of Engineers says the historic flood of 2011 dumped more sediment than usual in the lower Mississippi River and rivers in Arkansas and Louisiana. And this year’s extreme low water and low flow are leaving it there. The corps’ Vicksburg office says that’s also making normal dredging very difficult, […] [...]

River reopens after towboat runs aground near Greenville

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Mississippi River is open again to traffic after being closed due to a barge grounding. The towboat Bootsie B ran aground yesterday pushing 13 empty barges and 15 barges loaded with fertilizer and salt. Coast Guard petty officer Ryan Tippets says the grounding happened near Greenville. Tippets says today that the […] [...]

Coast Guard: No current plans to close ever-falling river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Mississippi River level is continuing to drop, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis says it is using survey boats and dredges to maintain safe navigation. The National Weather Service says drought has dropped the river’s summer level in Memphis to about 13 feet below normal, and it could […] [...]

Corps warns of dredging on falling river without a permit

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports it is working to hard to keep low water levels from closing commercial navigation on the rivers in its 68,000 square mile area of responsibility. According to the National Weather Service this year’s drought is affecting nearly 61 percent of the […] [...]

With disaster declaration, Cochran says drought needs ‘careful monitoring’

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — With the U.S. Department of Agriculture issuing a drought disaster designation for north Mississippi, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) said the expanding drought situation across the nation deserves careful monitoring. The USDA has notified Mississippi officials that four Mississippi counties — DeSoto, Panola, Tate and Tunica — have been granted primary natural disaster […] [...]

Dropping river causing groundings; operators running lighter loads

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — A year after the Mississippi River swelled to near-historic proportions and flooded farms and homes from Illinois to Louisiana, the level along the waterway’s southern half is so low that cargo barges have run aground and their operators have been forced to lighten their loads. Wide, sandy strips of shoreline usually invisible […] [...]

Director: Port should remain open as river falls

VICKSBURG — Dredging near the Port of Vicksburg over the past five years should keep the inland port open even as Mississippi River levels fall. Warren County Port Commission executive director Wayne Mansfield tells the Vicksburg Post about $4 million in work completed in 2008 to widen the Yazoo Diversion Canal has put the local […] [...]

With river dropping, Corps scrambling to keep ports dredged

MISSISSIPPI RIVER  — This year due to low water levels throughout the region and past flood damages, the Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend approximately $6.84 million on port dredging in an attempt to keep ports in operation. Dredging will be performed through contracted dredging at six ports along the […] [...]

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