M I S S I S S I P P I
Rivers throughout Missouri are
at historic low levels
due to the sustained drought,
but none are affecting the area (and nation)
as dramatically as the Mississippi River.
Fact is, most of the nation's commodity freight
(e.g. corn, wheat, coal, mined ore, etc.)
travels by barge . . . and 90% of the nation's barges
travel on the mighty Mississip!
But with no rain, river levels are low . . .
too low to float a full barge.
Barge lines must reduce their loads
or run the risk of getting stuck.
That increases freight costs and delays shipments.
The Mississippi River at St. Louis
is 13-feet below normal
(55-feet lower than last year's floods.)
That's a lot of water we don't have.
A lot of rain we do need.