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Flooding Continues to Impact River Traffic

Barge traffic is restricted in some areas

Much of the Mississippi River remains impacted by this year’s on-going flooding, says the latest USDA Grain Transportation Report.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, river levels are receding in some areas, however, recent precipitation may prevent water levels from receding further.

Forecasts indicate the second snow melt of the season may have less impact than the first.

While a fluctuating number of locks are closed on the Upper Mississippi River, barge traffic is stopped between Locks 22 and 24 due to highwater preventing barge passage under a bridge near Louisiana, MO.

Industry sources report the Louisiana Bridge may be open for a few days later in April, but will likely close again in May due to more rain being forecasted.

Barge traffic is restricted to daylight only through St. Louis Harbor and at bridges in Vicksburg, MS, and Baton Rouge, LA. There are tow size restrictions throughout the system.

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