- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin dredging the Vicksburg Harbor on Monday.

The dredging is scheduled to take 11 days.

Corps officials say in a news release that the dredging is done annually to clear the navigation channel of sediment buildup left by the natural flow of the Mississippi River and rainfall runoff.

The Corps’ Vicksburg District is charged with keeping navigation channels open across its 68,000 square mile area. This includes the shallow draft harbors and ports at Greenville, Vicksburg, Rosedale and Claiborne County in Mississippi; Yellow Bend in Arkansas; and Lake Providence and Madison Parish in Louisiana.

The Corps recently announced the award of a $4.3 million contract to dredge on the Mississippi River to Weeks Marine Inc. of Covington, Louisiana.

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