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Lower Mississippi expected to remain open

January 3, 2013
12-19-12 Barge-HelenaMedium

SITTING DEEP — Barge gets a load of grain at Helena-West Helena, Ark., on the Mississippi River. Dec. 19, 2012, file photo. (U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture photo by Robert Goodson)

The drought-starved Mississippi River is expected to remain open to barge traffic for at least a month, according to KTVI in St. Louis. Here in Arkansas, today’s reading at Helena was more than 17 feet, with the river expected to rise to more than 18 feet by Saturday. Rain and snow in December was helping boost river levels. Reuters reports worries upstream about the effects of ice on barge traffic.



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