The severe drought is impacting commerce on the Mississippi River in Southeast Missouri. The Dorena-Hickman Ferry closed as of Saturday morning due to low water. The mouth at the Hickman Harbor is only about 6-feet deep, about 18-inches lower than what it needs to be to safely operate. Ferry Captain Ed Floyd tells KZIM KSIM this is not a good time of year for them to be closed! Floyd says the River gauge at Cairo is about 12-feet and need to rise by two more for them to re-open. The Army Corps is slated to come to Hickman this summer and dredge to improve the water depth but that won’t happen for at least the next two weeks. The region is about 12-inches short of rainfall this year, with no rain in the forecast through this weekend. You can follow the progress of the Ferry at www-dot-dorena-hickmanferryboat-dot-com.
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