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Mississippi River Conditions Improving; Sections of Illinois River Shut Down; Additional Rain Could Slow Recovery

Date Posted: May 2, 2013

This article is reprinted from the USDA's May 2 Grain Transportation Report.

The spring snowmelt and heavy rainfall is causing flooding on the Illinois River.

Although the Illinois River crested on April 30, flood waters have been slow to recede because of the rain and backwater pressure at the confluence of the Illinois River with the flooded Mississippi River.

Locks on the Upper Mississippi River are opened and water levels have crested north of St. Louis, MO.

Crests on the lower Mississippi River will occur during the first half of May, but will not affect navigation.

The upper Illinois River is closed at Marseilles, where a dam was damaged, shutting down the navigation channel.

On the lower Illinois River, a section was closed because waves from the moving barges were reporting to have damaged levees.

The lower Illinois River was reopened on May 1 after restrictions were enacted to require tows to travel at minimum speeds with little or no wake.

The Marseilles Lock is still closed.

Daily rounds of heavy rain and snow are expected from Wednesday to Saturday throughout the Mississippi River watershed, possibly slowing the recovery.

For more information, call Surajudeen (Deen) Olowolayemo, USDA, at 202-694-3050.

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