It looks like we might be past the river's low water problem -- and it may not come back this summer. The Army Corps of Engineers' latest river forecast shows water levels into mid-March well above the minimum 9' draft for towboats and barges, and does not include rainfall, which would give even more water. The forecast four weeks out is Thebes-4.5 and Cape-6.5 which are both above the 9' barge draft minimum. In the early part of March, releases begin on water from the upper dams on the Missouri River. It takes about 10-14 days to get to St Louis, where the Missouri joins the Mississippi. At that time, we move into the spring flood season.
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