Posted on October 27, 2023
VICKSBURG, Miss. — Low water levels at the Mississippi River are causing ships to run aground.
The river is so low because of the lack of rain.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is using its dredge ship “Jadwin” to push out massive amounts of silt in an effort to keep the mouth of the Yazoo Diversion Canal in Vicksburg open.
The massive mechanical marvel has been carving out what has become another underwater roadblock.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Navigation Chief said, “We have had to hit several of our locations several times this season. As the water drops, more silt falls down and just the dynamics of the river, collecting more material, because the river is moving so slow.”
Sand bars are forming in areas that are usually passable for big ships.