Missouri River Cutback

Posted by Warren Krech on November 26, 2012

You can expect the banks of the Missouri River to get even lower in Mid-Missouri. The cutback has begun for water flows down the Missouri River, and it could help shut down traffic on the Mississippi.

The Army Corps of Engineers says it started reducing the river’s flow from the Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota on Friday. They say it is necessary because of drought in the plains states, but the Mississippi River at St. Louis is already dangerously low. If water levels there drop another five feet, barge traffic could be stopped, essentially grinding some important trade to a standstill. Governor Jay Nixon, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, and 15 senators have urged the corps to reconsider the flow reduction or risk economic catastrophe for firms that rely on the Mississippi for shipping.

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