Exposed Sandbars On Mississippi River Creating New Danger

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Low river levels on the Mississippi River are causing food prices to spike. Drought dried up so much of the river that engineers think parts of it are unsafe for barge traffic.  Friday night, they'll be discussion how low the waters are and what can be done.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard have issued warnings about the Sandbars in the Mississippi. They say the sandbars are not stable enough to support a person, but they are strong enough to stop a barge in its tracks.

Operators are having to weave their way up the Mississippi to avoid running aground. It is a slow and dangerous for crews and getting expensive for consumers waiting for the food and equipment sitting on those barges.

The Mississippi River Commission is inviting the public to weigh in at a meeting on Friday.  The meeting takes place at 9 a.m. at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam on Number 2 Locks and Dam Way.  The meeting will be aboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi.

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