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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The US Coast Guard has released photographs showing the low water levels in the Mississippi River near St. Louis at the beginning of December.

(KTVI) – The U.S. Coast Guard is releasing pictures showing low river levels on the Mississippi River.  The photos, taken by Lieutenant Colby Buchanan during a recent air patrol run, shows the barge traffic on the river as well as narrow passageways the barrages need to use to navigate the river. 

The Coast Guard says during normal river levels there would be more room for barge fleets and passing traffic.

Friday, the Army Corps of Engineers said the low river levels are still open to shipping and that the Corps will not release more water from the Missouri River into the Mississippi.  Lawmakers and the barge industry had sought the extra water.