Mississippi River cresting in Vicksburg

VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) — The Mississippi River is cresting in Vicksburg.

WJTV got the chance to speak with a man whose job is to monitor the river levels.

Brian Lott is a hydrographic surveyor. Every week his partner and their boat, named Miss Cindy, head out to the Mississippi River. They lower an instrument in the water, called a river ray, and it’s used to gather all the data.

Once they finish, they send the information to the Army Corps of Engineers.

“We monitor the actual flow of the water,” Lott said. “How many cubic feet of water is flowing. What we do is turn in our data to the corp of engineers. Our data is what they use to process to know what the river is going to do. Whether is good to keep rising, whether it’s starting to stop or whether it’s going to start falling.”

He has been surveying on the river for the past 18 years.


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