Skip to comments.Mississippi River locks 16-24 to close due to flood-Army Corps
Posted on 04/18/2013 4:08:35 PM PDT by markomalley
Eight Mississippi River locks between Muscatine, Iowa, and Clarksville, Missouri, were expected to close beginning on Friday as the rain-swollen waterway rises above flood stage, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Thursday.
Corn and soybean prices at Gulf of Mexico export terminals jumped by at least 10 cents a bushel as the closures of Locks 16 through 24 will shut the river to commercial navigation from central Iowa to northern Missouri, dramatically cutting available supplies for exporters.
The flooding is a dramatic departure from just three months ago, when the river dropped to near record lows and nearly closed to commercial navigation entirely.
The river was forecast to crest on Monday at Lock 16 in Muscatine at a river gauge reading of 21.9 feet, nearly 6 feet above flood stage and 3.7 feet below the record crest, according to the latest National Weather Service (NWS) river forecast.
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I wish there were some way to divert all that water to Texas—we are experiencing a terrible drought here.
I thought the Mississippi was a record low levels due to “global warming”....
Is this the same Mississippi River that was closing because of record low water levels a few months ago? Joe Biden should have a chat with Al Gore about this.
Too bad we can’t transfer these flood waters to other rivers where the water shed is undergoing droughts.
Yes, tame that river. Teach it who’s the boss. Heee
Wow — and just two months ago we were posting articles about the Mississippi drying up
For sure, and just who the heck has crops in the ground growing things now? Are they still shipping last year’s harvest down river?
C’mon up and bring your boat. Or a hovercraft.
I remember this Christmas reading some articles (at my in-laws, in North/Central Mississippi), that the Army Corps of Engineers was looking to shut down the river due to drought conditions making parts of it impassable by barge.
Funny thing, the weather.
Well let’s just hope that this is not just water under the bridge — or is that water over the dam — anyway that there is more where that came from.
I was suprised this made national news. This is local for me. Yes, we will flood. Yes it is going to suck. But that happens here. Most of us know what to do. 20 feet is very high, but we’ve seen higher
I have had friends and family calling me non stop tonight.
Farmers (winter wheat)