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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A year after the Mississippi River swelled to near-historic proportions and flooded farms and homes from Illinois to Louisiana, the level along the waterway's southern half is so low that cargo barges have run aground and their operators have been forced to lighten their loads.
Wide, sandy strips of shoreline usually invisible even in the low season are now exposed, shrinking the river's width and affecting the way tow captains navigate.
Aside from that, the best coping mechanism is careful navigation. With the river so low, the channels are shallower and narrower, presenting problems for barges loaded with coal, grain, iron, steel, sand, gravel and more. They must reduce their loads to avoid bottoming out and take extra care not to collide when passing another string of barges in the thinner channel.
Also, low water at docks and terminals makes it more difficult to load or unload material, as ships have trouble getting close enough to docks. Companies must get permits from the Army Corps to dredge near their docks to find deeper places to load and unload
Originally posted by PurpleChiten
We've had some major flooding in my area in the past few days.... excessive flooding. Our waterways are tributaries to the Ohio River and it's a tributary to the Mississippi, so the levels should be increasing over the next week or so as these flood waters run off.
Originally posted by Iwinder
Just asking here, have you had really dry weather there like we have here( Southern Ontario)
I mean in the past month or so?.......Would that mean more runoff because the ground is so dry or would it mean less runoff because all the water is getting sucked up?
Not picking a fight just asking here.
PS I hope your theory is correct for the benefit of us all.