Low River Levels Could Harm Nation’s Economy

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The Army Corps Of Engineers Friday began reducing the water flow from a huge Missouri River dam in South Dakota.  That reduced flow water could shut down all barge traffic on the Mississippi River near St. Louis within a few weeks.

Combine the water reduction that began Friday with the continuing drought and, within two weeks, there may not be enough water on the Mississippi in these parts for barges to operate.  That could choke off commerce in the central part of the country and create what politicians are calling an economic crisis.

How big of an economic impact could we face? Barges along the Mississippi carry twenty percent of all the nation's coal and sixty percent of all grain exports.

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