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The Mississippi River's Water Levels Are Dropping, And Could Shut Down Trade Next Week
TBI - AP ^ | 12-28-2012 | Jim Salter

Posted on 12/28/2012 8:19:44 AM PST by blam

The Mississippi River's Water Levels Are Dropping, And Could Shut Down Trade Next Week

Jim Salter, Associated Press
December 28, 2012

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mississippi River level is dropping again and barge industry trade groups warned Thursday that river commerce could essentially come to a halt as early as next week in an area south of St. Louis.

Mike Petersen of the Army Corps of Engineers said ice on the northern Mississippi River is reducing the flow more than expected at the middle part of the river that is already at a low-water point unseen in decades, the result of months of drought.

The river level is now expected to get to 3 feet at the Thebes, Ill., gauge on Jan. 6, a juncture that could force new limitations. Worse still, the long-range forecast from the National Weather Service calls for the river to keep falling, reaching 2 feet on Jan. 23.

The Coast Guard remains confident that the nation's largest waterway will remain open. But officials with two trade groups — the American Waterways Operators and Waterways Council Inc. — said in a joint news release that even if the river is open, further limits on barges will bring commercial traffic to a halt.

Thebes, about 150 miles south of St. Louis, is a treacherous spot for barge operators because of hazardous rock formations and a big bend in the river. The corps is in the process of removing the rocks but work isn't expected to be finished until mid- to late-January at the earliest.

The trade groups renewed their call for presidential action requiring the Corps of Engineers to increase the flow of water from an upper Missouri River dam in South Dakota.

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(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: economy; mississippiriver; shipping; trade
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1 posted on 12/28/2012 8:19:53 AM PST by blam
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Well that will certainly put a crimp in the plans for a dockworkers strike!


2 posted on 12/28/2012 8:25:35 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: blam

Isn’t this cyclic ?


3 posted on 12/28/2012 8:27:35 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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Ice and winter- now ‘unexpected’.


4 posted on 12/28/2012 8:28:26 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: blam
Just another evidence of God's judgment against this nation, but the people won't heed the warnings will they?

Don't mind me, just another watchman blowing the trumpet even though the people aren't listening.......

5 posted on 12/28/2012 8:29:42 AM PST by ducttape45
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To: blam

I thought I saw a story a few days ago about taking water from the river for??


6 posted on 12/28/2012 8:33:25 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF- YOU GET ONE CHOICE, CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: blam

No, I’m sure this incorrect. Global Warming dictates that water levels will rise. /s


7 posted on 12/28/2012 8:36:27 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: knarf

Do you remember the last time it was this low?


8 posted on 12/28/2012 8:36:38 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: blam

Just wait until the Red freezes and thaws, all will be good.


9 posted on 12/28/2012 8:40:59 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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A WWII minesweeper used as a tourist attraction was washed away and sunk in a flood some years back. The low water reveled its new resting place.

HERE.

10 posted on 12/28/2012 8:42:12 AM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: blam
Ol' Man River
11 posted on 12/28/2012 8:44:00 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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East Side (of the Long Muddy) represent! Not our fault. Must be the lame Mizzou and the upper tributes.


12 posted on 12/28/2012 8:50:27 AM PST by StAnDeliver (Own It.)
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I believe the Canadians are still willing to sell us Lake Winnipeg for a buck and a half a gallon.


13 posted on 12/28/2012 8:52:23 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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"Do you remember the last time it was this low?"

Hell, I'm gonn'a go get sum'm d'eat.

I can't remember if I ate yet or not

/8^)

14 posted on 12/28/2012 8:53:48 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

1988, the first time in recorded history


15 posted on 12/28/2012 8:57:29 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Buckeye McFrog

That was before the news of the Mississippi getting low. It’s now $5 a gallon.


16 posted on 12/28/2012 9:08:54 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: blam

After all this snow and the storms...I don’t think so. Wait until the season is over and then get back to us.


17 posted on 12/28/2012 9:16:40 AM PST by madison10
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"Mike Petersen of the Army Corps of Engineers said ice on the northern Mississippi River is reducing the flow more than expected at the middle part of the river that is already at a low-water point unseen in decades, the result of months of drought."

This is BS. It's been above freezing almost the entire month of Nov. and Dec. in most parts of the country (where the Miss.River runs) and we've had a LOT of rain this fall so...you decide.

18 posted on 12/28/2012 9:28:10 AM PST by ASouthernGrl (BHO sucks)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Obama’s election only healed the seas, not the rivers.


19 posted on 12/28/2012 9:35:51 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: blam

I work where we overlook the Mississippi and it is terribly low and has been since mid summer. The barge traffic has almost completely stopped - they had been doing some dredging to keep it open but it looks like it’s beyond that now.


20 posted on 12/28/2012 9:40:13 AM PST by Clintons Are White Trash (Lynn Stewart, Helen Thomas, Rosie ODonnell, Maureen Dowd, Medea Benjamin - The Axis of Ugly)
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