Low Mississippi levels affect barge traffic

VICKSBURG, Miss. – As drought conditions continue in parts of the United States, the low level of the Mississippi River is beginning to affect maritime commerce. As we reported on Tuesday, one trans-river ferry was forced to close recently, and now come reports that barge traffic is being significantly affected, with the size of tows being reduced from as much as 35 to as little as 25. 

WLBT is reporting that the most recent reading on the Vicksburg gauge here has the water level at 6.7 feet, which is more than 50 feet lower than this time last year. Many believe the water has not been this low since levels went to zero in 1988, forcing a total shutdown of the river here.

For a full report on the situation in Vicksburg, see the following WLBT report:

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