U.S. Drought May Curtail Mississippi River Grain-Barge Shipping

Maoling Xiong/ Missouri Business Alert; Missouri River at Riverfront Park in Kansas City, Sep. 8, 2012

Water levels on the Mississippi River may drop to historic lows next month in the Midwest, delaying barges carrying everything from grains and coal to steel and petroleum, after the worst U.S. drought in 56 years.

The waterway, the busiest in the U.S., may be too shallow to navigate by Dec. 10 from St. Louis south about 180 miles (290 kilometers) to Cairo, Illinois, where the Mississippi meets the Ohio River, the American Waterways Operators and Waterways Council Inc. said in a Nov. 16 statement.

Read more on Bloomberg.


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