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11-mile stretch of Mississippi River closed
AP via Yahoo News ^ | 8/20/12 | ADRIAN SAINZ

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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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Mississippi; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: mississippiriver
Old Man River stopped flowing.
1 posted on 08/20/2012 6:53:56 PM PDT by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

I’m not an expert, but this seems problematic...


2 posted on 08/20/2012 6:55:19 PM PDT by wolf24
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To: wolf24

Extension of the drought.


3 posted on 08/20/2012 6:57:22 PM PDT by Battle Axe (Repent, for the coming of the Lord is nigh.)
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To: Kartographer

Globull Warming?


4 posted on 08/20/2012 6:57:50 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: Kartographer

But the oceans are rising they say.


5 posted on 08/20/2012 6:58:36 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: blam

FYI


6 posted on 08/20/2012 6:59:07 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Kartographer

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.


7 posted on 08/20/2012 6:59:13 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Kartographer

Has this ever happened before?


8 posted on 08/20/2012 7:07:49 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Kartographer

Obama’s fault


9 posted on 08/20/2012 7:07:49 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: wolf24

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.


10 posted on 08/20/2012 7:11:03 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: umgud
Thank Al Gore's toilets! :-)
11 posted on 08/20/2012 7:12:36 PM PDT by Average Al (The Democrat party is a free range zoo.)
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To: Kartographer
Back in the old days some of the steamboats were equipped with what were known as 'jack spars' or 'grasshoppers'. It was two long heavy wooden poles with spars and booms rigged up to a harness that was rigged to the steam capstan of the auxiliary steam engine.

These shallow=draft boats could use this rig to hop its way over shallow spots and shoals like walking on crutches. The sternwheeler "Far West" is so equipped


12 posted on 08/20/2012 7:13:29 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!!!)
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Climate crisis fueling Mississippi River’s historic floods
13 posted on 08/20/2012 7:16:55 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Kartographer
River traffic is being routed through the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway for those that can use an alternate route. This happened right after the TT Waterway was opened and proved that it was a good project in case something did happen to the Mississippi River Channel.
14 posted on 08/20/2012 7:17:56 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: smokingfrog

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.


15 posted on 08/20/2012 7:21:07 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=78903&src=iotdrss


16 posted on 08/20/2012 7:25:59 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: wolf24
I’m not an expert, but this seems problematic...

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....!"

17 posted on 08/20/2012 7:32:59 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Kartographer

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.


18 posted on 08/20/2012 7:40:13 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Venturer

Lots of corn gets shipped down that river.


19 posted on 08/20/2012 7:47:01 PM PDT by Terry Mross (To all my relatives and former friends: Do not contact me if you still love obama.)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

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!


20 posted on 08/20/2012 7:47:16 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average, they voted for oblabla.)
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To: Sequoyah101

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.


21 posted on 08/20/2012 7:55:07 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!!!)
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To: Terry Mross

Not this year!


22 posted on 08/20/2012 7:58:10 PM PDT by ThirdMate
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To: wolf24

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.


23 posted on 08/20/2012 8:29:56 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Emperor Palpatine

Wow! You river rats sure have some peculiar ways of doing things!


24 posted on 08/20/2012 9:21:26 PM PDT by Edward Teach
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To: Terry Mross

A lot less this year with the drought.


25 posted on 08/21/2012 4:11:16 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Kartographer
Gee. Obama policies have even forced the Mississippi underground...

The River has always been precarious for navigation, constantly changing. There never have been any guarantees of navigability.

26 posted on 08/21/2012 4:15:05 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Kartographer

Oh-Bah-Mah promised to make the waters recede, so at last, here’s a promise that he kept.


27 posted on 08/21/2012 4:27:23 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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