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USACE Jadwin dredged more than 4 million cubic yards in 2019

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The Jadwin, pictured in 2017 (Photo from USACE)

News from the USACE Vicksburg District:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s Dredge Jadwin completed its 2019 season Dec. 19.

During the 2019 season, the Jadwin dredged more than 4 million cubic yards of sand, mud and sediment from the lower Mississippi River to allow the waterway to remain navigable for commercial traffic.

“Part of our mission as the Army Corps of Engineers is to maintain navigation on our nation’s waterways, and here on the Mississippi River and its tributaries, dredging is one of the most important things that we do,” said Vicksburg District Commander Col. Robert Hilliard in a release. “It’s been a tough season up and down the river, but the crew has done an outstanding job dredging, and I appreciate what they do out here each and every day.”

Approximately 50 crew members are responsible for operating and maintaining the dredge. The dredging season typically occurs when water elevations are lower and spans from May to October or November. Crew members live and work on board the dredge and its accompanying vessels throughout their deployment, which lasted more than 120 days this year.

“After this long of a season, it gets pretty tough,” said Chuck Ashley, captain of the Jadwin. “I love my job and the camaraderie we have on this ship. It feels great to have accomplished another season and to be headed home.”

One of three USACE dustpan dredges on the Mississippi River, the Jadwin uses a large suction head and high velocity water jets to loosen sand, mud and sediment from riverbeds, pumps that material through a floating pipeline and deposits it outside the navigation channel near the riverbank.

The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana that holds seven major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline levees. Channel maintenance and river stabilization insures that hundreds of billions of dollars of commerce flow freely up and down the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

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Expanded shooting video shows many more shots fired than originally reported

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The home video that recorded the sound of gunshots has been expanded to capture the entire event. The expanded video clearly records many more shots than the original video. Here is the video, how many shots do you hear?

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Warren County’s Briggs and Garrard rescued three unconscious men from certain death at Satartia gas leak

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MEMA Drone photo of the Satartia gas line explosion site.

Warren County’s Gerald Briggs and Shane Garrard saved three men from certain death in the Satartia gas leak incident last night.

The three men were found unresponsive in a vehicle near the site of the explosion that caused a large area near Satartia to be evacuated.

At 7:35 p.m. on Saturday night, word came in to the E-911 call center that a gas line has exploded near Satartia, and toxic gas was being leaked into the area. The carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide leak let more than 220 barrels of gas loose into the community. The lack of wind and cool weather caused the toxic cloud to stay in the area for several hours.

First responders from several local and state agencies sped to the area to assist in minimizing the impact of the gas. Warren County Fire Coordinator Gerald “Jerry” Briggs and 911 Director Shane Garrard were among those who responded. Briggs and Garrard suited up in their HAZMAT gear to search the area near the gas leak.

While driving a gravel road near the explosion site they saw an occupied vehicle. The three occupants of the vehicle were slumped and non-responsive. They broke a window to gain access, did what they could to treat them on the scene, and then quickly moved them to a rescue vehicle for transport to a safer area.

Briggs could be heard on the radio saying, “Coming in hot,” indicating to rescue units he and Garrard were coming back to the staging area with distressed victims.

All three are expected to fully recover from their exposure to the toxic gas.

Garrard and Briggs went back to look for more victims and worked the exposure area throughout the night looking for more victims. The explosion eventually caused 45 to be hospitalized and 300 residents were evacuated.

Shane Garrard and Jerry Briggs are two of Warren County finest. They are undisputed heroes who saved three unconscious men from certain death in Satartia last night.

Shane Garrard with his family (photo from his social media)

Fire Boss Jerry Briggs with his boss Kelly Suzanne (photo by David Day)

 

 

 

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MDOT closing Hwy. 465 at 5 p.m. Sunday

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MDOT will be closing Mississippi Highway 465 at Eagle Lake at 5 p.m. today due to flooding concerns.

The road will be closed from the intersection with U.S. Highway 61 to the Backwater Levee Road. Anyone caught going around barricades will be cited for disregard of a traffic control device.

Light traffic can use the Backwater Levee. Large trucks and commercial vehicles are directed to travel through Onward to the Main Line Levee.

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