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Flooding, Ice Stall Barges at Busy Inland Grain Ports

One lock on Ohio River became impassable last week

Flooding and ice buildup on key rivers in the Midwest has stalled the movement of barges that supply export terminals at the Gulf of Mexico with grain and soy, barge and grain traders said, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

One lock on the Ohio River became impassable last week, halting vessels moving to and from the Mississippi River until as late as March 9, they said.

"It's a logistical nightmare, with this lock being closed ... and the high water at the Gulf, and high water at Cairo, (IL). It's just going to be that way for the next couple of weeks," one cash grain trader told the Post-Dispatch.

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