Mississippi River nears historic lows, shipping at riskSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:27
Mississippi River nears historic lows, shipping at risk
By Karl Plume | Reuters – 3 hours ago
(Reuters) - The drought-drained Mississippi River will rise slightly later this week between St. Louis and Cairo, Illinois, but later continue its decline toward historic lows, according to a National Weather Service forecast.
Low water, due to the worst U.S. drought since 1956, has already impeded the flow of billions of dollars worth of grain, coal, fertilizer and other commodities between the central United States and shipping terminals at the Gulf of Mexico.