VICKSBURG, Miss., July XX, 2015 -- The Mississippi River Commission will conduct its annual low-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River August 8-21, 2015.
Four public meetings have been scheduled aboard the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI in selected towns along the river so commission members have the opportunity to meet with local partners, stakeholders and residents and hear their concerns, ideas and issues.
VICKSBURG, MISS… Due to a broken depth marker in the swimming area at Riverton Recreation Area (RRA), the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has temporarily closed the swimming area effective immediately. The depth marker has broken/jagged metal that would be dangerous if area remained opened to the public.
Vicksburg, Miss… The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Vicksburg District recently hosted its annual Engineer’s Day Awards ceremony at District Headquarters.
Vicksburg, Miss… While the forecasted stages for the Mississippi River are relatively low compared to the Great Flood of 2011, stages are predicted to reach Phase I flood fight preparation levels in much of the District.
The current forecast is for the river to crest at 45 feet on July 17 on the Vicksburg gauge. It is somewhat unusual for the river to be this high this time of year. In fact, it was 1928 the last time the Vicksburg gauge was higher than the current forecasted crest in the month of July. But in comparison, this crest is still over 12’ lower than it was during the spring flood of 2011. The river reached a crest of 43 feet on the Vicksburg gauge in April this year.
Vicksburg, Miss…The Louisiana Field Office (LFO) of the Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District will open the Riverton Recreation area beach for the Fourth of July weekend.
The 13-acre area recreational area, which is open year round, is located north of Riverton, Louisiana, on the Ouachita River. The swim beach will open July 3, 2015 and normally operates until mid-September. Riverton is the only recreational area with a swim beach within the LFO and on the Ouachita Black River system. Picnic sites, a picnic shelter, playground, boat ramp, and restroom facilities are also available.