Last week the Corps of Engineers held a meeting in Lake Providence to break the news to farmers and workers that dredging will be shut down, closing the port to barge traffic.
River levels are too low at the port to continue to allow dredging which in turn shuts the port down to barge traffic. This means, farmers will not be able to use the port to get their corn and soy beans to market when harvesting begins in two weeks.
Tuesday the Corps of Engineers said a cutterhead dredge is expected to arrive in Lake Providence within two weeks.
The cutterhead dredge coming to Lake Providence is one of only two such dredges currently available for use in the vicinity.
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