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Upper Mississippi Set to Open in March

Chances of spring flooding are greater than 50%


With the near record low barge rates, the barge industry is looking for some good news, reports

The rivergage forecast for Lock and Dam 15 (Rock Island, Illinois) is expected to reach 11 feet on March 10, but still well below the 15-foot flood level.

With the warmer than normal weather, the Upper Mississippi River might open earlier than usual.

American Commercial Lines views the chances of spring flooding as greater than 50%.

โ€œSpring flooding could play a major role in when we are able to navigate the Upper Mississippi River above St. Louis," says American Commercial Lines. "Per the 2020 Spring Flood Outlook Report (provided by NWS Quad Cities), there is a greater than 50% chance of major flooding on the Mississippi above St. Louis. If flooding occurs and the opening is delayed, barges arriving at Cairo and/or St. Louis will be charged for demurrage until conditions allow transit."

Read the full report here.

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