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Corps of Engineers works to keep river open for barge traffic

Jan 03, 2013 -- 2:41pm


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is anticipating river stages will sustain the authorized 9-foot deep commercial navigation channel between St. Louis, Mo., and Cairo, Ill.  The Corps is applying all available capabilities and resources to keep the channel open, through rock work at Thebes, as well as water releases from Carlyle Lake.  Bob Anderson of the Corp of Engineers tells KZIM-KSIM that the lack of rain is hampering their efforts. The latest weather outlook indicates a warming trend and the potential for rain next week, and Anderson says that the Corps is storing some water in upriver locks for the worst case scenarios.  Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and Mississippi Valley Division Commander Major General John Peabody plan to visit the rock removal site at Thebes next week.

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