Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...

Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...
Stories of my hunting experiences with family, friends or whatever else I want to blog about.

A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter

Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.

Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Big Trouble - MS River Has Been Shut Down

I posted on Facebook yesterday a picture that was on the front page of our paper, The Vicksburg Post, that the Mississippi River had been shut down. (picture posted below)  There are 103 vessels on hold north, south of 11-mile stretch near Greenville, MS.  The barge traffic ground to a halt Monday and vessels were left to wait it out.  This section of the nation's busiest waterway had been closed intermittently since August 11, when a vessel ran aground.

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers' Dredge Jadwin, which is owned by the Vicksburg District, has been stationed 2-1/2 miles south of Greenville since Monday, working to vacuum silt and sand from the river bottom and eventually clear a channel deep enough to the vessels to pass.

The Mississippi River is vital for commerce and communities from the Gulf of Mexico to Minnesota, but the 2012 drought is putting all that who rely on it in jeopardy.

I drove by the Mississippi River overlook yesterday afternoon to take pictures as the sun was just setting.  Of course, no vessels were in site. I have lived here all my life and have never seen the river this low or heard of the river being shut down.  The river was at 0.7 feet yesterday with no change from Monday.  Forecasts through mid-September by the National Weather Service River Forecast Center showed a minus 0.6 foot stage in Vicksburg and minus 9.9 feet in Memphis.  The next forecast will be issued today.

Sun setting over the Mississippi River at Vicksburg.  God's paintbrush at work!

A pulled-out view of the sun after setting.  Sand bars are way out on the Louisiana side.

The Mississippi River bridges (I-20 & Hwy 80) as the sun was setting yesterday evening.

A vessel heads south under the Interstate 20 and U.S. bridges over the Mississippi River yesterday morning. Eli Baylis - The Vicksburg Post

UPDATE:  River traffic began to trickle through about 5 hours ago.  Cost estimate of $10,000 per barge per day.  Ninety barges were stranded near Greenville this morning, down from 103 mid-morning yesterday.


Deer Passion said...

The water levels are just as low (or non-existent) here in central Kansas.. We're expecting rain soon, but not enough to fill all the dry creek beds and the lakes.

DeanO said...

WOW - saw your post on fb but this is intense. PS, thanks for the link to the new blog. still got the word verification.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Great sunset pictures....Hope traffic is going ok now

Marian Love Phillips said...

Thanks Deer Passion, DeanO and Lindsjo taxar. Looks like with hurricane Isaac headed this way we may get enough rain for the river hopefully without too much destruction.

Traffic on the MS River is trickling will really hurt our economy for sure in the long run.

Long Ridge Deer Camp said...

Yikes, hope the fall rains come soon Marian!

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