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Mississippi River May Shut Down Due To Low Water Levels

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Sections of the Mississippi River may shut down due to extremely low water levels, according to KTVI-TV.

The recent drought has caused parts of the Mississippi River to dry up. Although many believe an increase in flow from the Missouri River would help these troubled areas, the Army Corps of Engineers is instead cutting back.

If something isn’t done soon to correct the problem, oil, farm, manufacturing, steel, and river industry leaders fear that thousands of jobs will be lost.

The Tennessean reports that Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy doesn’t feel that increasing the flow from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River is the right plan of action at this moment in time. Politicians and business owners feel otherwise.

US Senator Claire McCaskill believes the Army Corp of Engineers will ultimately be to blame if things taken a turn for the worse in the coming months.

She explained:

“Missouri businesses and jobs depend on our ability to continue commercial navigation along the Mississippi — and the dropping water level can’t be ignored. The Army Corps is now saying that we can continue navigation without increased flows from the Missouri, and we should hold them accountable if that prediction doesn’t pan out.”

According to KPLR, a number of people who work in the effected areas of the Mississippi River believe companies will pull out of the region if the situation isn’t addressed.

“I feel it’s going to close down,” AEP River Operations employee Marty Hettel explained. “We have the whole industry trying to remove all their equipment out of this area now.”

He added, “Us in the river industry have been praying for rain since April.”

Industry experts say that around 9,500 jobs and roughly $70 million in wages currently hang in the balance. $7 billion worth of cargo could be delayed as well.

The 180-mile stretch of the Mississippi is down between 15 and 20 feet due to extreme weather conditions in the area.

Are you worried that sections of the Mississippi River may shut down?

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19 Responses to “Mississippi River May Shut Down Due To Low Water Levels”

  1. Anonymous

    Poor water conservation threatens more than just the Mississippi River shut down. We could have been creating reservoirs from a whole national network of massive polyurethane pipelines adjacent to all major rivers and tributaries to control and save fresh water from prior winter runoffs. This national project is one we proposed to the POTUS and Army Corp of Engineers. It could have directly created about one million new jobs two years ago and those jobs would have indirectly stimulated the economy by creating more jobs in the service industries, i.e. food service, automobile, and transportation services. Blame nonsensical infighting and political myopia for nothing continuing to be done in the U.S. for strategic necessities such as industry related water conservation….

  2. Gary O Mcdaniel

    you Dems need to make amends to God. Remember throwing him under the Bus at your Convention? And, embracing Homosexuals in his place? Do you think this could be his wrath? Northeast Storm? West coast Storms? Mississippi dry? And the onews of you who said nothing….your as Guilty! Good Luck!

  3. Buce McLaughlin

    Oh Lighten Up, "FRANCIS!".

    For pete sakes Gary O McDaniel…will you bible beaters ever give this subject a rest?

    You STUPID people don't have anything decent to say, but to condemn others that don't believe the same crap as you clowns do, blame all calamities on a political party, with no physical proof I might add and you all say the same crap, over and over and over again.

    It's getting quite old and we grow weary of your bullshit on a daily basis. Religion is a PRACTICE, NOT a daily recital!
    As a past Catholic…Religion is from the HEART, NOT the brain. Religion is Private, yet all of you throw it around as if you're 'Profits'!
    Have a nice day and say a prayer for me, would you?!

  4. Wayne Ginger Bennett

    Last year (2011) , The Mississippi River reached record flood levels. This year record lows. Now people are blaming climate change. The "real" reason, it's the weather and it's unpredictable. Mankind just cannot accept the fact that there are some things that are out of their control…….

  5. Mike Huggins

    Its impossible to do but build a canal across the US using inmates doing most of the work and not just one but many all linked together.

  6. James Thompson

    You know they said the water levels were getting higher around New England in areas (just there..makes sense huh?), however the land was sinking they later found out. Perhaps the Mississippi Valleys are rising in places?

  7. Anonymous

    People like you are just waiting for the correct time when fascism over take america so you can put blacks, Asians, non-christians, Muslims, and other groups in ovens.

  8. Seamus Harper

    What a shame we can't build a Pipeline to carry oil from up north and take the strain off the river and the risk of an oil barge leak…oh my shame we didn't do that!

  9. Jim Jarrett

    I think you are correct in your view. But already there's a fight in Congress about this problem as the above story shows. I'm not a scatter-brain who goes off on a tangent. But. Just as many of the viruses and diseases once long thought gone rear their ugly heads, could it be some attempt at population control? Thousands upon thousands of Americans are going to sleep tonight with no food in their bodies, illness, people living in refrigerator boxes, homeless people – the list goes on and on in what was, at least, the most powerful country in the world. But no water in the rivers, rivers that actually catch on fire, turning a blind eye towards poverty and homlesness. How many Billionaires are there in this country? How much money can they actually spend on themselves? If some of these people with money developed a sense of moralis and some ethics, there's a lot of hungry and homeless people that a billion or two could help. As for the river. your statement "this should have already been taken care of" is all too true. (I guess I can be called The Nut Job now. But I'm quite sincere in my beliefs. Perhaps other readers have their own ideas to help.) Thanks for reading.

  10. Corinth Hudgins

    Having lived in Florida my whole life, and haven seen what the Army Corp of Engineers have done to our wetlands, I wish those people and the rest of us luck. They are blind to facts, always have been.

  11. Tom Mallard

    From about 8,000-4,000 years ago was a warmer period called the Altithermal by American archeologists due to the midwest & Great Plains becoming almost desert from 1C rise in global temperature caused by orbital variations, this forcing Native Americans to live only in refugia, leaving large areas with no artifacts for thousands of years.

    So we warmed the planet 1C in about 100-years, nature changes things far slower so our conditions may go through the same steps as before only much faster.

    Better not expect the drought to go away, we have geologic and archeologic evidence what happens on global warming for this area and what's happening is extreme drought over the same area and major rivers lacking flow.

    Welcome to science! we're now in the Pliocene Age again at 394-ppm CO2, we jumpe CO2 40% in 150-years and somebody thinks that's OK?

    Nature changes CO2 at 0.001-ppm/year and we are at 3-ppm/year, 3,000-times faster rate-of-change than nature.

    Remember Katrina? big storms that dump a bunch of rain but destroy crops and do nothing about the drought? All that fits a warming planet, not one in thermal balance, sea-level is rising ~2mm/year, it only does that if the planet is losing 240-billion tons of ice yearly, lack of snow, too warm to keep what's there.

    So, expect great huge snowstorms now & then but early melt-off so no late-summer snow pack left, drought where this year was bad next year may be as bad or worse, better isn't likely according to all evidence.

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