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River Levels Decline As Mid-Mississippi River Rock Removal Continues

Date Posted: January 3, 2013

This article is reprinted from the USDA's Jan. 3 Grain Transportation Report.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports that based upon current river hydrographs, Mississippi River flows will sustain navigation through early January.

On January 3, the Mississippi River gage at St. Louis, MO, was at -3.8 feet, with a forecast of – 5.0 feet by January 11.

Contractors are continuing to remove rock formations in the six-mile stretch of the Mississippi River near Thebes, IL.

The rock formations pose a threat to navigation as river levels continue to decline.

Current rock removal efforts include excavating equipment, and additional rock removal procedures will include submersible jackhammers and marine blasting.

The U.S. Coast Guard is providing notices to mariners about Mississippi River closures during the rock removal operations.

While rock removal work is conducted, the river will be closed for 16 hours a day.

Barge traffic will be allowed to pass the demolition work for 8 hours during the night.

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

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