The dredger â€śVentureâ€ť has been working since Sunday to clear sand and silt from the Port of Osceola, closed for a month because of low water on the Mississippi River.
Marvin Roddy, with the Memphis District Corp of Engineers, said: â€ťPretty much, cut and dry, the dredge is set up like a large vacuum cleaner.â€ť
Jeff Worsham, Osceola Port Manager, says the closure has been costly to farmers and grain haulers, â€śItâ€™s costing them more in deisel and time as far as getting their trucks back and having to wait in line. Money wise i couldnâ€™t put a dollar figure on it right now.â€ť
According to wreg.com, after the Port of Osceola has reopened, the dredger â€śVentureâ€ť is scheduled to either be on the Wolf River in Memphis or headed to the port at Helena/West Helena Arkansas.
Dredging Today Staff, September 27, 2012