NEWS
MS River Level Still Expected to Drop
Wed Dec 12, 2012 03:50 PM CST

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Water levels on the drought-plagued Mississippi River are expected to keep dropping over the next several weeks, according to a new forecast Wednesday that comes amid worries that barge traffic soon could be squeezed along a key stretch of the vital shipping corridor.

The latest outlook by National Weather Service hydrologists shows the river at St. Louis falling to about 9 feet deep by Dec. 30 -- a day later than earlier predicted -- and by a half foot more by Jan. 9, barring significant rainfall. The Coast Guard has said further restrictions on barge traffic ...

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