Army Corps Action Could Reduce Mississippi River Up to Three FeetST. LOUIS (AP) - A top Corps of Engineers official has ordered the release of water from an upper Mississippi River reservoir in an effort to avoid closure of the river at St. Louis.
Corps Major General John Peabody says the release from a reservoir in Minnesota will eventually add 3-6 inches of depth at St. Louis. However, that will fall well short of offsetting the projected drop of up to 3 feet when the corps reduces the flow of the Missouri River starting next week.
The drought has left both the Missouri and Mississippi dangerously low. Barge traffic at St. Louis could come to a halt starting next month. Businesses that work and ship on the Mississippi are seeking a presidential declaration to stop the corps from cutting the Missouri River flow.
See other LocalNews news:Large Turnout at Electronics Recycling Event
Field Grade School Rallies for Cancer-Stricken 4th Grader
Marion County Sheriff's Department Taking Part in Drug 'Take-Back' Program
Missouri Trucker Killed in I-70 Accident Near St. Elmo
Police Beat for Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014