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Mississippi reopened to some traffic

August 23, 2012

NORTHBOUND — July 15, 2012, photo of barge heading north on the Mississippi near the I-40 bridge. A stretch of the river near Greenville was closed due to shallow water, but reopened to some traffic Aug. 22. (U of A System Division of Agriculture photo)

GREENVILLE, MISS. — Authorities reopened the Mississippi River to some boat traffic Wednesday, hours after freeing a barge that ran aground in dangerously low waters caused by an extensive drought.

A trickle of barges had begun heading north as of late afternoon, but clearing all 33 northbound tows and 72 southbound barge strings was going to be a slow process, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Tippets. Read more …

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