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Corps continues Miss. River dredging


VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers said dredging is continuing along the Mississippi River, where drought conditions have threatening river levels.

Kavanaugh Breazeale, spokesman for the Corps' Vicksburg District, said the low water conditions and decreased river flow drastically affect normal sediment movement and make normal dredging extremely difficult.

The Dredge Jadwin is currently working at the Lakeport area on the Mississippi River about 5 miles south of the U.S. Highway 82 bridge near Greenville, Miss..

Breazeale says other companies are dredging shallow draft harbors and ports in the area.

The Dredge Butcher, operated by the Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel Company, is currently at Lake Providence Harbor until late September.

The Dredge America, operated by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, is currently dredging at Blue Cane on the Ouachita/Black River, with an estimated completion date of 30 August.

The Dredge Integrity, operated by the Inland Dredging Company, is currently at Mile 39 of the Red River, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 3.

The Dredge Iowa, Operated by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company is now under contract with the Vicksburg District and is en route to the Greenville Harbor.

Breazeale said the dredging schedule will be adjusted as required.


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