Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Eleven-mile stretch of Mississippi River closed; creates 97-vessel traffic jam
The U.S. Coast Guard announced an 11-miles stretch of the Mississippi River near Greenville, Miss. has been closed due to low water levels, stranding at least 97 barges and boats amid the worst U.S. drought in 50 years.
Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets said the 11-miles of the Mississippi has been periodically closed since Aug. 11 since a vessel ran aground there.
Tippets said the area is being surveyed for dredging as 40 northbound vessels and 57 southbound vessels awaited the green light to transit through.
The last time the Mississippi River was at such low water levels was in 1988 when the shipping industry lost an estimated $1 billion.
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