U.S. Senator Dick Durbin toured a shallow stretch of the drought-drained Mississippi River by boat on Monday for a firsthand look at the historically low water that is impeding traffic on the nation's busiest waterway.
Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, and other officials took to the water near Thebes, Illinois, where workers have been removing river-bottom rocks to aid transportation after the worst drought in half a century drained the Mississippi and the rivers that feed into it.
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