(Photo by Jill Bock, Staff)
NEW MADRID - It almost looked like something out of a science fiction movie. The boat creeped forward on large metal legs then lowered the slow-spinning sphere-shaped blades into the water churning up the bottom.
The Weeks Venture, a cutterhead dredge, spent last week clearing silt and debris from the New Madrid County Port's slack water harbor. This week it will be at work at the New Madrid harbor.
For the crews of the towboats and barges using the Port's slack water harbor, it was a welcomed sight, said Timmie Hunter, director of the New Madrid County Port. "I know the tenants were pleased and the farmers as well," Hunter added.
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