Skip to comments.11-mile stretch of Mississippi River closed
Posted on 08/20/2012 6:53:50 PM PDT by Kartographer
Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage Monday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to low water levels, the U.S. Coast Guard said. New Orleans-based Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets said the stretch of river near Greenville, Miss., has been closed intermittently since Aug. 11, when a vessel ran aground. Tippets said the area is currently being surveyed for dredging and a Coast Guard boat is replacing eight navigation markers. He says 40 northbound vessels and 57 southbound vessels were stranded and waiting for passage Monday afternoon.
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I’m not an expert, but this seems problematic...
Extension of the drought.
But the oceans are rising they say.
It’s happened before , it will happen again. Sure it’s bad, the drought is bad all over.
Food is going to get expensive this year, as if it isn’t already.
Has this ever happened before?
Upriver of Baton Rouge, pretty much all the freight traffic is in shallow-draft barges (which I believe is what ran aground). It sounds like the river dropped a bit faster than anticipated, catching the USCG and USACE a bit behind the curve in re-dredging and marking the main channel. It happens.
It doesn’t happen when the Army Corp keeps the river dredged. I would look to yet another Obama czar putting the brakes on funding the dredging operations as the likely culprit or something along those lines.This probably has a radical enviro nazi at the center of it in some way. Mark my words.
Read Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi. This "problematics" has been known since the first expansion west.
The cause? I suspect the funds for the constant dredging required has been redirected at creating more of Holder's "people" and Obama "sons." Demoncrap voters.
One thing we can be absolutely certain about is that this is not the first drought in recorded history that the river has experienced, and it won't be the last. Silting is a natural state of large rivers.
Of course, the ignorant, the clueless and the unengaged have no clue where the delta came from.
Just for grins, we should ask the Corpse of Engineers to report the annual (federal) amount spent on dredging this portion of the Mississippi for the stretch involved, and the (federal) amount spent on exploding welfare and "education" costs. I bet they are inversely related.
Why focus on national needs, when corruption and graft are much more rewarding?
What do you think "Our Time has come" meant?
"Movin' On Up....!"
Sometimes it’s low, sometimes it’s high. Drove from Cr to NE and back in the June of 1993. Old Man river was flooding pretty bad that year. Almost got stuck west of the Mississippi if we had left NE one day later.
Lots of corn gets shipped down that river.
These were common on western rivers. I recall one account of a boat making its way all the way up the Yellowstone some distance using these.
It almost looks like these old packets carried not much more than wood for their own boilers!
The “Far West” in that picture was a Missouri River boat. She had the duty of bringing Gen. Custer’s body back downriver from Little Big Horn.
Not this year!
It’s only a problem if you need to buy anything that gets shipped down the river like coal, steel, lumber, food, fuel, etc. 60 percent of US grain export is shipped on the river.
So, the depth isn’t mark twain these days.
Wow! You river rats sure have some peculiar ways of doing things!
A lot less this year with the drought.
The River has always been precarious for navigation, constantly changing. There never have been any guarantees of navigability.
Oh-Bah-Mah promised to make the waters recede, so at last, here’s a promise that he kept.